Winter Hardy Chickens

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by kalaim, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. kalaim

    kalaim Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    What are some good winter hardy birds? I live in Wisconsin and it does get a bit chilly overnight.

    I had originally ordered an autralorp, delaware and red sex link and now that connection seems to have fallen through.

    So I'm back to square one on getting my chickens so I thought I'd get some more suggestions before I order again!

    Last edited: Sep 16, 2008
  2. dixiechick

    dixiechick Songster

    cochins seem to do well, especially bantams...whose feathering goes right to the ground...
  3. Crazy_Chicken_Lady

    Crazy_Chicken_Lady In the Brooder

    Sep 4, 2008
    The Empire State
    I live in Northern New York near Canada where our winters get down to -50F! The breeds that I've had excellent luck with my SL & GL Wyandottes, Orpingtons and Dominiques.
  4. nhnanna

    nhnanna Songster

    Jul 18, 2008
    The chicken coop
    It gets real cold here in the winter and we have barred rocks, they did good last winter and the year before we had golden comets who also did well. We were told anything with a short comb is winter hardy.
    Good luck
  5. apbgv

    apbgv Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    Lets see I have a barred rock, a cochin, several evil silkies, a d'uccle, and 3 oegb bantam mixes, they make it through the iowan winters. I did supplement heat this year during the extended real cold spell. usually I only supplement when it gets to the teens and lower for a long time. this year my at work flock is chanteclers, salmon favorelles and jersey giants.
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    brahmas of course! everyone needs some in their flocks! [​IMG]
  7. chicken stalker

    chicken stalker TOS Rocks!

    Aug 31, 2008
    Binghamton, NY
    Those of you in the cold climates, do you typically used a heat lamp or infared lamp? I live in upstate NY and think its going to be a harsh winter. I was wondering if I should run electric out to my barn before the ground freezes. I have 8 EE's.
  8. swampducks

    swampducks Overrun With Guineas

    Feb 29, 2008
    Barton City, MI
    I have buckeyes (hardly any comb) I want chanteclers, bred by a Canadian monk, and I have golden laced wyandottes. I live in northern MI. This is my first winter and I got birds with minimal combs.
  9. drom

    drom Songster

    Jun 12, 2008
    Chanteclers for sure. The partridge ones are so pretty. They're from Canada and known for being good cold weather birds.
  10. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    I think most of the heavy breed layers do good in cold weather. I second the Brahmas![​IMG]

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