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Will rain hurt chickens?

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My chickens were out in the rain yesterday. The coop and run were open for them to stay dry but they didn't want to go in. Don't they know enough to come in out of the rain?Do I have strange chickens or is it normal?

post #2 of 11

Mine stay in the rain too. I have about 3 that run for the coop when it starts but the rest don't seem to care. Never had any problems with them getting wet. either. Either it's normal or we both have weirdos, lol.

post #3 of 11

Normal - mine will stay out until they are drenched!  As long as you don't have silkies (their feathers aren't water resistant) they should be fine smile

post #4 of 11

They aren't made of sugar, a little rain won't hurt em' wink


Edited by ChickieBooBoo - 6/20/11 at 12:06pm

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post #5 of 11

Our chickens love the rain.  In the early spring, I did dry them off with a heat lamp so they wouldn't freeze overnight when the temp dipped back to freezing.  Ours also get a bath and blowdry once in a while.  Our silkies have come asking for baths.  I think some breeds actually look forward to water.  But don't they look FUNNY when their whole face shows under the wet feathers?

Chloe looks like a little T-Rex after she's drenched in the rain:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/thumbs/25976_04242010498.jpg

Mom and Dad of 3 boys 14,11,9; live in city in-town by public library and school; Silkie rooster, Silkie hen, EE hen, RoseComb Bantam and 8 of their mixed breed offspring!  And a bunny!
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Mom and Dad of 3 boys 14,11,9; live in city in-town by public library and school; Silkie rooster, Silkie hen, EE hen, RoseComb Bantam and 8 of their mixed breed offspring!  And a bunny!
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post #6 of 11

Mine never seem to care about the rain - I wish they would! A few times we've had giant storms and they've just been wandering around the garden until I've ran out and sheperded them inside!

post #7 of 11

My EEs and silkies will stay out in light rain. They only go in if it starts raining heavy. It's been a long wet spring here so they assume that if you want out in the grass you deal with the rain. The silkies stay out in it the longest. I think it's cause the rain spikes their head poofs so they can actually see. Their backs mat a little but their skin under is usually dry.

post #8 of 11

My silly girls LOVE the rain! If I try to shoo them in I get a good run around the yard! LOl

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Life is great! Enjoy every single minute it can be snatched away so quickly. We take so much for granted & we all need to take a little more time for those we love.
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post #9 of 11

Mine seem to love to run around in the rain - when they do go in they kind of shake themselves off and fluff themselves up.  They always seem dry under their outer feathers.

Enjoy life now -- it has an expiration date!  Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain!
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Enjoy life now -- it has an expiration date!  Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain!
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post #10 of 11

My chickens do rain dances, yippiechickie ,nothing brings those protein filled earthworms out of the ground like raindrops. Thats the best time to be hunting!! Heard one whistling RAIN,RAIN, RAIN by CCR the other day.D


Edited by duckinnut - 6/20/11 at 4:35pm

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