What is a good breed to have at an altitude of 8,500 feet

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Dan.mountainman, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. Dan.mountainman

    Dan.mountainman Hatching

    Feb 18, 2009
    Hi, I am new to this site and I want to start raising a few chickens for numerous reasons but primarily for fresh eggs. I live in Woodland Park, CO at an altitude of 8,500 feet. I want to know what bread of chicken would be best suited for that altitude and cold winters and still produce eggs. Thank you all for any help. Dan

  2. what was i thinking

    what was i thinking Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    cny ny
    welcome [​IMG] welcome
    Chanteclers are a good winter breed developed in canada. but i don't know anything about being in the mountains... good luck
  3. farmerlor

    farmerlor Songster

    We're at 6800 feet on the Palmer Divide and we have several different breeds of chicken and they're all doing okay. I'd heard that the cornish x breeds couldn't be kept at our altitude but haven't heard about any others that have trouble. Our girlies have laid eggs steadily all winter long.
  4. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    yaks...they do well at higher elevations [​IMG]

    That didn't help did it...well Howdy!!!

  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    My friend lives at 9000+ feet and she's got a mixed flock of heavy breeds that pretty much keep her supplied with eggs.
  6. WiseChicks

    WiseChicks Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    Hudson, WI
    [​IMG] YAKS!! She said Yaks!!! [​IMG]

    I was just in Woodland Park this weekend visiting my folks!! I'd love to live there permanently. Are you in the Park proper, or do you live outside of town? My folks live up 67 a bit out of town, off Lovell Gulch.

    I would guess that Cochins and Brahmas would do well there. My featherfeet birds do well here in the winter, and it is generally less cold there than here. I would think that they would adjust to the altitude much the same way as people and other animals.

    Also, if you got them as baby chicks, they'd never know the difference.

    Good luck, and welcome to BYC. There tons of great people here!


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