Winter Hardy

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Johnboy78, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. Johnboy78

    Johnboy78 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Last night after sunset I had four birds sitting on the wire top of their run.
    I have a little run that's part of the coop, (omlet cube) 25 sq ft, about 4' high.
    Stupid birds. I figured the light reflected off the snow had kept the area
    brighter than usual and they got surprised, confused, whatever.
    I have 8 girls, 4 breeds, 8 1/2 months. We got our first snowfall yesterday, 5-6"
    after an extremely mild December and January and they reacted as chickens do
    to anything new.

    They flapped and protested as I took them off and dropped them into the run,
    and then they hopped into the coop and I locked the run for the night.

    This morning I got up just before 8 to let them out and then jump back into bed.
    Temps in the teens last night and the water in the run would be frozen so I figured
    I'd let them out and give them a fresh bucket on the deck and a little scratch.
    I start filling the bucket in the kitchen sink and look out and there is Paulette,
    walking around on the deck in front of the back door. I look at the coop, the rest
    are milling around waiting to be let out.

    Paulette is my runt, a red shouldered Yokohama. She was the smallest of the chicks,
    a favorite target of the Hamburgs in the brooder and then outside. She would run and burrow
    under an RIR for protection, at 10 weeks they were 3 times her size. I posted pictures
    of her and her twisted feather "problem" (as if it actually was a problem) at about 5 weeks,
    she looked so pathetic that one response offered that some chicks don't make it.

    There is no real info I've found on Yokohamas, My breed selection is the product of a
    surprise package from Ideal. The little bit I've managed to find told me that they are
    ornamental birds, poor layers, and not cold hardy. The roos grow long showy tails.

    As far as laying mine seem to lay about 4 times a week, not once like I read.
    Eggs are PeeWee, 1 1/4-1 1/2 oz but they are regular. Ornamental? Not to me.
    They look like seagulls and we've got a lot of those on Long Island. They have
    a scrawny junglefowl look and don't weigh very much.

    So is a bird that can spend the night alone out of the coop in temps that were in the teens
    winter hardy? I spent a little time in Minneapolis and there were days when the
    high temperature was seventeen below, three weeks when it never went above zero,
    this is only Long Island, our winters are milder but it is still winter.

    I don't know much about chickens but I'm going to stop worrying about my non winter hardy
    scrawny runt handling the cold. I think Paulette demonstrated that her sort is tough enough
    to handle winter. Crowding with the others in an insulated coop must be a piece of cake,
    even when it gets below zero.
  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    Sounds like Paulette is winter hardy enough for Long Island.
  3. GardenGal

    GardenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Western WA
    What a tough cookie! She needs treats :)
  4. egglicious

    egglicious Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2011
    Let's see a photo of that tough broad!
  5. Johnboy78

    Johnboy78 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Okay, here she is.
    Paulette, my Yokohama runt.
    As she is today and as she was at a few weeks, pathetic little runt.

  6. egglicious

    egglicious Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2011
  7. Lady Chickadee

    Lady Chickadee Rocky Top Silkies

    Apr 1, 2011
    Central Kentucky
    Shes very pretty!
  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Oh, I remember having read that thread and seen Paulette!

    I love that she's demonstrated very un-breed-like behaviors! You go, Paulette!

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