Winter preparation---mixture of breeds, how to have a safe winter

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kmpage28, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. kmpage28

    kmpage28 Out Of The Brooder

    May 13, 2015
    We live in New Hampshire (think cold and lots of snow). This is our first winter with our birds. We have 3 Rhode Island Reds, 3 white leghorns, and 4 silkie bantams. My understanding is the RIR and leghorns are quite winter hardy (ability to fluff their feathers and stay warm) but an concerned about the bantams. I was going to stay away from a heat source as I have read it isn't always a good idea (problems if the heat source breaks, and making it so they would always need a heat source) but read an article that the bantams aren't able to fluff their feathers and stay warm and have a much harder time in the winter---so now worried about the fluffy monsters. We have been giving them suet treats as well as corn to help them get ready for winter but am concerned about the silkies. Our coop is fairly weather proofed with lots of hay and shavings. Any suggestions or advice are greatly appreciated.
  2. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2015
    Amo, IN
    I'm wondering the same thing since I have silkies too. Hope a voice of experience comments.[​IMG]
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Shazam Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I've had silkies and presently have some frizzle cochins, they are fine, I'm in Wisconsin, bitterly cold winters, they just don't go outside as much, I don't heat any coops. Feathers in any form are warm and the chicken itself is a hot animal. Don't worry, and treat them like any other chickens.
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  4. kmpage28

    kmpage28 Out Of The Brooder

    May 13, 2015
    Thanks for the info! Glad to hear your silkies did well through some Wisconsin cold winters!
  5. DanEP

    DanEP Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2010
    Cadiz Ky
    Your biggest problem could be frostbite on the leghorn combs. good ventilation in your coop is a must. Some people put vasoline on their combs in the winter,I've never tried it but have heard it helps.

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