Dual Purpose Backyard Chicken Breeds for Cold Climate and High Altitudes

Get the best cold hardy backyard chicken for you. There are chickens that have heart issues.
A chicken from my sister-in-law’s backyard.

True, you can slow chick’s growth down as chicks to prevent health issues.  You can feed them less crude protein or ration their meals.  I’ve even heard of just doing more feedings in a day.  Or you could just get a chicken that’s not going to kill over due to your high altitude which most very cold climate have.

This is a compiled list of cold hardy backyard chicken.  Obviously, I can not include all the options; however, all of these chicken are dual purpose, which means can be eaten, or used as layers. There are a few helpful links at the bottom. Word of warning, avoid Cornish X’s as they will have health problems, to begin with.


Breed: Sussex
Size: Heavy (7-8 lbs)
Rarity: Common
Purpose: Dual
Eggs: tinted or light brown
Egg Size: Large
Egg Laying: Very Good (4/wk)
Nature: Curious, mellow
Hardy In Winter: Yes
Especially Docile: Yes
Setter/Broody: Yes
Small Spaces: Yes
*Gains more speckles with age.

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Australorp
Breed: Australorp
Size: Heavy (7-8 lbs)
Rarity: Common
Purpose: Dual
Eggs:  Brown
Egg Size: Large
Egg Laying: Excellent (5/wk)
Hardy In Winter: Yes
Small Spaces: Yes
Especially Docile: Yes
Setter/Broody: Yes
Nature: Sweet and shy
Small Spaces: Yes

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Ameraucana
Breed: Ameraucana
Size: Medium (6-7 lbs)
Rarity: Rare
Purpose: Egg-laying
Eggs:  Light Blue
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Laying: Good (3/wk)
Nature:
Hardy In Winter: Yes
Especially Docile: Yes
Setter/Broody: No
Nature: Fun
Small Spaces: Yes

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Orpington
Breed: Orpington
Size: Medium (7 .5- 10.5 lb)
Rarity: Gold (Common) Blue (Uncommon)
Purpose: Egg-laying
Eggs:  Brown
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Laying: Good (3/wk)
Nature: Docile*
Hardy In Winter: Yes
Especially Docile: Yes
Setter/Broody: Yes
Nature: Sociable, and unlikely to peck
Small Spaces: Yes
*Several owners suggest only having Orpingtons; because they tend to be bullied. They rank lowest on the chicken social ladder.
More sources:

The Original Chicken: Java

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