Icelandic chickens (Icies) are an ancient landrace and are very diverse, robustly healthy, cold-hardy chickens. Sadly, they are threatened by diminished numbers during the 1970s and the consequent inbreeding.
The Dominique chicken is the oldest American breed and an icon of rural self-sufficiency, being very hardy and an excellent forager and mother. Her calm and friendly nature makes her an excellent choice for the homestead.
Although it’s easier to keep chickens warm vs. cool, it’s important to choose the correct breed for your location, whether that be a cold-hardy chicken or a heat-tolerant chicken breed. Because let’s face it, the weather plays an important part in our lives.