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#1 2011-02-19 06:44:23

DawnM
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Cold hardy bantam breeds

I would like to get some bantams this year. They would be going into a coop that does not have insulation but was constructed with double plywood to trap the dead air, therefore much better than single plywood. Our average temperature in the winter is -5 but can go to as low as -20 for a week or two or three over the winter.

Can anyone recommend some cold hardy bantams, if there is such a thing?

Thank you!

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#2 2011-02-19 06:52:42

DawnM
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Re: Cold hardy bantam breeds

I just found some info stating that bantam cochins, d'uccles and ameraucanas are fairly cold hardy. Does that sound right? Any other breeds?

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#3 2011-02-19 07:36:03

cbotkin
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Re: Cold hardy bantam breeds

Hey Dawn,

Avoid breeds with large combs, like a lot of SCCL's, and thinly feathered breeds, like modern games.  If the birds are going to be exposed to the cold, look for something that is heavily feathered.

Just something to consider.

Clayton

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#4 2011-02-19 15:51:46

DawnM
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Re: Cold hardy bantam breeds

Thanks Clayton!

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#5 2011-02-19 16:41:56

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Re: Cold hardy bantam breeds

I've found bantam cochins really hardy.  Of the first mixed selection of bantams from Rochester probably 5 or 6 years ago the only remaining birds are black and blue bantam cochins. Everything they crossed with is beautiful and cold hardy too! I like them so much I may have to get more, even though I am trying to limit myself to standards breeds now.


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#6 2011-02-19 16:44:58

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Re: Cold hardy bantam breeds

I find out Booted Bantams (similar to D'Uccles) to do well for cold.


Black Ameraucana

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#7 2011-02-19 17:17:18

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Re: Cold hardy bantam breeds

I have crossed bantam cochins with bantam ameraucana they are quite hardy and
we get -35 temp as it is this am.  When I have chickens with the large comb they
freeze even with heat lamp.  It seems to be very susceptable to freezing.
Breeds with the peacomb are better and cochins have the feathers on the legs to
help and I think they just have more feathers that other breeds.
This year I am going to bred a rooster from last year (who is a little larger than
bantam but not as big as my standard ameraucana) to all my girls.  This rooster
has feathered legs like I have never seen and he has a lot of color.  Can not
wait to see what hatches.

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#8 2011-02-19 17:30:21

DawnM
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Re: Cold hardy bantam breeds

Thanks everyone. I'm enjoying this post. Bantams for me are the fun side of chicken keeping. I'm looking forward to getting some and also not having to worry, for the most part, about them come winter. They will be well taken care of other than not having an insulated coop. That will come next year and I can choose more breeds then.

Cheers!

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#9 2011-02-19 20:41:51

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Re: Cold hardy bantam breeds

I have 2 Black Tailed Buff Japanese hens. They turn 4 next month :P
This is their first winter in a heated barn. Before they had an old garden shed where
they lived in. Not insulated at all :hide: We had heatlamps in it when it was really cold.
All the birds cuddled together underneath it, except the BTBJ, they sat in the top on the trusters,
close to the cold roof tin. Always happy and still laying an egg once in a while.

An


Blue Ameraucana, Bantam Mille Fleur D'Uccle and bantam Black Tailed Buff Japanese,
Isa Brown and Barred Plymouth Rock.
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#10 2011-02-19 21:40:32

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Re: Cold hardy bantam breeds

All of my bantams are in an unheated coop, some insulated, some not.  I have ameraucana, d'anvers, silkies, cochins, oegb, and one little d'uccle.  I had brahmas, too, and they did well also.  The cochins and oegbs lose their combs though.

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#11 2011-02-19 21:54:18

LittleChickenRacingTeam
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Re: Cold hardy bantam breeds

I keep a variety of bantams in an uninsulated building. As long as they are protected from drafts, they all seem to be cold hardy. I have Silkies, D'Uccles, Sebrights, Hamburgs, OEG, Polish, & D'Anvers. Never had a frostbite problem with the single combs either. However I don't let them out during extreme cold or windy stormy weather.


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#12 2011-02-19 21:57:09

Martin Grove Farm
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Re: Cold hardy bantam breeds

LCRT, do you put anything on the combs or waddles like Vaseline?


It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.    ~Charles Darwin~

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#13 2011-02-19 21:59:06

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Re: Cold hardy bantam breeds

My silkies seem to do alright with the cold weather.  Watch their heads though.  When they drink, the water gets their crests wet and they can get ice on their heads.  Other then that, the cold doesn't seem to bother them.


Have you squeezed your Cochin today?

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#14 2011-02-19 22:20:07

LittleChickenRacingTeam
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Re: Cold hardy bantam breeds

Martin Grove Farm wrote:

LCRT, do you put anything on the combs or waddles like Vaseline?

Nope, nothing. And 30 birds in a 600 sq ft garage with a turbine roof vent, are definately not generating significant heat to stay warm. I have to change frozen waterers twice a day.

It is my firm belief that chooks are fine without added heat. For me, it's only the summertime time heatwaves that they seem to keel over.


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#15 2011-02-19 22:21:58

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Re: Cold hardy bantam breeds

silkiebantam wrote:

My silkies seem to do alright with the cold weather.  Watch their heads though.  When they drink, the water gets their crests wet and they can get ice on their heads.  Other then that, the cold doesn't seem to bother them.

All my waterers are at chest to mid neck level. If they are not having to bend over, they don't get their crest wet. Pretty simple huh?


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