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I live in east Texas it's been raining so much there is some flooding but not in my yard just wet I let my chikens free range during the day they have been getting wet is that ok? It's in the 60s and 50s will they get sick
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Chickens are smarter than most people think.  If they are not comfortable they will go find a place that is comfortable.  If they are wet and cold they know where their coop is.   My girls have been out in the rain for 2 days now.  The oil on their feathers is keeping them dry.  They don't mind it at all.  The other morning it was freezing.  They decided to go wading in the shallow pan of water I have in their run.  They had to crack the thin covering of ice first.  The cold water didn't bother them. 

 

As long as they have a dry place they can go to you probably shouldn't worry about them. 

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Chickens are smarter than most people think.  If they are not comfortable they will go find a place that is comfortable.  If they are wet and cold they know where their coop is.   My girls have been out in the rain for 2 days now.  The oil on their feathers is keeping them dry.  They don't mind it at all.  The other morning it was freezing.  They decided to go wading in the shallow pan of water I have in their run.  They had to crack the thin covering of ice first.  The cold water didn't bother them. 

 

As long as they have a dry place they can go to you probably shouldn't worry about them. 


Completely agree - my chickens mess around outside in even the heaviest downpours. They end up looking like drowned rats, but they don't seem to mind at all! 

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I'm sure yours will be fine; they actually seem to enjoy a little shower sometimes smile.png

I do, however, have to warn thise in northern areas, like myself, that if they do get wet during the day, and you expect frost at night, they may succumb to frostbite easier, especially feather footed breeds, and surprisingly, EEs with beards can look pretty miserable with icy faces sad.png

Just a heads up to make sure they are protected but with good ventilation if they do go to bed wet and you expect temps below 30. wink.png
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http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1008185/lets-talk-relocation

3rd generation of Colorado ranchers, raising organic alfalfa, corn, Red Angus cattle, Suffolk sheep and of course, chickens! Comitted to a lifetime of health without chemicals, I am entirely dependent on what God has given me to nurture soil, plant, and animal. Sharing...
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