White egg layers and cold

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jermoatc, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. jermoatc

    jermoatc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2011
    Lake Crystal, MN
    Im thinking about adding either some blue andalusion hens or ancona hens to my flock for white eggs. I live in colorado at 7500 feet above sea level so it can get cold. Does anybody know if either of these breeds is more cold hardy than the other? Any other breed suggestions?
  2. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    With either of those breeds, the biggest issue you will run into is frostbite on the combs. Unless you're going to keep them indoors out of the cold when it gets really ridiculously cold like it does (I know, I used to live there!), you will probably run into this. If you're still set on having one of those breeds, there is also the option of dubbing them like gamefowl (removing the comb) to prevent the frostbite.
  3. BackyardCountry

    BackyardCountry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2011
    My Own Little World....
    blue andalusians are both cold tolerant and heat tolerant, but flighty and noisy. Anconas are cold hardy except for their combs and they tend to avoid humans. Hope this helps!
  4. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2010
    I live at about the exact same elevation, a bit higher, and I have a California White, a smallish hen, but she has laid an egg EVERY SINGLE DAY since I got her! Amazing layer...she does have a tad of frostbite on her comb though....I have no experience with the other breeds you asked about.

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