This is my first attempt at raising chicks and looking forward to the eggs! Built our coop using part of an existing shed/barn. Haven't finished the outside area yet so we butted up an 8 x 12 hot house to the coop so they can roam outside, converting some of the panels to chicken wire. They roam the yard when we are home.
So here is my dilema. Came home the other afternoon to find all 6 of our girls huddled together outside in the pouring rain! Oh my! Is it true they are not very smart and didn't realize they could walk a few feet to get into the barn where it is warm and dry? I was horrified and now have a concern for this winter. How do I encourage them to come in out of the rain??