Friday, February 4, 2011

Wyandottes on Wyandotte?

At last week's council meeting we heard a vet tell the councillors that backyard chickens need to be protected from the cold because they are subtropical birds.  Well, as it happens, this is only partially true.  They may have originated from warmer climates a very long time ago, but there are cold-hardy chicken breeds that can survive quite well in an outdoor coop in Windsor's climate.

If you're planning to invest in a stealth coop in Windsor (and we've heard from several people in the past week or two who are doing this), you should take a look at this article from on heritage breeds.  Some are better for meat production and others are better for eggs, and there is information on their cold hardiness as well.

Oh, and take a look at the Wyandottes right at the end of the article:
Originally possessing a silver-laced pattern in the 19th century, the Wyandotte can now be found as golden-laced, white, buff, partridge, silvered, penciled and other varieties. This hardy breed is even tempered, cold tolerant and adaptable to numerous management practices. The Wyandotte produces plentiful, large eggs, and the breast meat is succulent, making it an excellent food source as a part of the home flock.

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