what is the best cold hardy brown egg laying chicken

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by The Breaker, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. I nead a hen that will lay through cold winters could eany boudy share with me what they think is best.
     
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    Barred rock
    RIR
    Production Red
    or even Delaware.
     
  3. chickensgalore

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    light brahmas are a good choice also
     
  4. ozark_chickies

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    Dominques are a good choice. They are rose comb and will handle cold weather well.
     
  5. ailurophile23

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    My light brahmas faired the best during this past very cold winter! They even liked the snow. [​IMG]
     
  6. poseygrace

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    Buckeyes! They can be broody, but they make amazing mothers if you need one.
     
  7. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

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    My Buff Orpingtons did excellent in the winter. They also had great personalities.
     
  8. Pele

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    I am zeroing in on the part where you say that you need them to LAY during the winter. You will need to look at hatchery high production birds like Red SLs and Production reds. Both are cold hardy, but more importantly, don't need to be tricked with lights in the winter.
     
  9. Chick_In_The_Burbs

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    My Austrolorp has done the best of my girls, but even she has stopped now. Though I will say, she may be molting. Heaven knows, the rest of my ladies are certainly shedding their feathers like crazy!
     
  10. BlazeJester

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    Where do you live?

    Quote:My barred rocks laid straight through their first winter. They slowed down some their second winter but that is to be expected I think. Don't know how they're doing now as they're molting.
     

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