whats a good breed for cold places?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by cowgirlSD, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. cowgirlSD

    cowgirlSD Out Of The Brooder

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    hi folks,

    i live in sd, and want to get some chickens (have horses now.) what is a good chicken to get for cold places?

    cgsd
     
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Google the Henderson chicken chart, You might enjoy looking through it, breeds are rated for their weather hardiness.
     
  3. cowgirlSD

    cowgirlSD Out Of The Brooder

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    i will, thanks!
     
  4. cowgirlSD

    cowgirlSD Out Of The Brooder

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    lets see: ameracana, brahma, buckeye, chantaclear, delaware, domnique, favarolls, jersey giant, orpington, plymouth rock, some fun looking chickens there, thanks!
     
  5. Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, Brahmas, Speckled Sussex, any type of cochin (i hear they aren't good layers though) the list goes on for a while, but i've had most of these and they're good birds.
     
  6. cowgirlSD

    cowgirlSD Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for the list! we want eggs, but also maybe meat. are those good for both?
     
  7. chikkenfriend

    chikkenfriend Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Barred Rocks. They loved the ice. They went about their business as usual. Dual purpose, too. My girls are great layers. They're still laying now. Very friendly. They follow us everywhere.

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  8. rottnwarrior

    rottnwarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have black jersey giants and they are great.
     
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  9. Chickens R Us

    Chickens R Us Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wyandottes with a rose comb I think are best especially the roos. I have several breeds that are cold hardy but always have to put vaseline on the single comb roos so they don't get frostbite.Our winters here it is not uncommon to have -20F to -30F degree weather, not including the wind chill. Wyandottes are a duel purpose breed and are good layers.
     
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  10. Freeholder

    Freeholder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, Wyandottes or any of the other dual-purpose breeds that don't have single combs -- Buckeye, Chantecler, Easter Egger (not a breed, I know), Brahma, Dominique, and so on. Stay away from the single-comb birds, though. And I don't think purebred Cornish are good for cold weather, either, as they have such tight feathering that they don't have enough insulation.

    Kathleen
     

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