BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Managing Your Flock › What do you do to keep your chickens dry????
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

What do you do to keep your chickens dry????

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hey there Washingtonians !!! Those of you in or around SW Washington what  are you doing to keep your ladies dry? Mine look as though they have been through a car wash,they have an area to get out of the rain/weather,however they choose not to use it.I am wondering do they even know to ge out of the rain.maybe I'll add a tarp or two.......... we'll look just like occupy Portland

post #2 of 20

Provide a dry, sheltered area and it is up to those dummies to use it.

If they have never used it (it is new, or they are new) then you can try putting treats in it for them.

post #3 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by stephanie munson 

Hey there Washingtonians !!! Those of you in or around SW Washington what  are you doing to keep your ladies dry? Mine look as though they have been through a car wash,they have an area to get out of the rain/weather,however they choose not to use it.I am wondering do they even know to ge out of the rain.maybe I'll add a tarp or two.......... we'll look just like occupy Portland


gig

Haven't seen portland..but have heard.......but I live near eugene...so I hear ya...
Mine have a big barn to go it....but they all look pretty ruff....they still spend most there day outside...unles its real windy or heavy rain then they find a bush/tree or spend time roaming the barn

Stay home Wife/mom working on the start of a self suficiant hobby farm.  Breeding nigerians and mini nubians for milk raising pigs for meat and chickens for eggs and meat, plus 4 horses, 4 border collies, too many cats and more.
Working on breeding and selling of BBS orpingtons in near future
Reply
Stay home Wife/mom working on the start of a self suficiant hobby farm.  Breeding nigerians and mini nubians for milk raising pigs for meat and chickens for eggs and meat, plus 4 horses, 4 border collies, too many cats and more.
Working on breeding and selling of BBS orpingtons in near future
Reply
post #4 of 20

We have entered our rainy season here in Arkansas.  My chickens have dry coops to go into at night or at any time during the day when and if they get sick and tired of the rain.  They get pretty wet during the day, but dry overnight. 

Give them the choice, but I think you'll find that most of the time they don't mind the rain. 

welcome-byc

If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

Reply

If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

Reply
post #5 of 20

I have a roof on my run, but in the winter, I do put some plastic up to help with the freezing cold winds we have here in Ohio.  My flock still goes out in the rain.  It's raining today, in fact.  They just DO NOT like to be cooped up.

Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
Reply
Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
Reply
post #6 of 20

I let mine choose....they can go in the coop or free range.  They can also go under shrubs and such.  I figure they will do whatever they want and if it doesn't bother them to be wet I don't mind.

Getting one blue egg and one green egg and lots of brown eggs nearly everyday!
4 BR pullets, 2 BO pullets, 2 EE pullets, 1 RIR pullet, 1 RIR cockerel, 1 silkie bantam cockerel, 1 OEGB cockerel
3 Shelter/rescue girls - Senior Sheltie, Middle Aged Toy Poodle, One-Eyed Pug - not quite a spring chicken
Reply
Getting one blue egg and one green egg and lots of brown eggs nearly everyday!
4 BR pullets, 2 BO pullets, 2 EE pullets, 1 RIR pullet, 1 RIR cockerel, 1 silkie bantam cockerel, 1 OEGB cockerel
3 Shelter/rescue girls - Senior Sheltie, Middle Aged Toy Poodle, One-Eyed Pug - not quite a spring chicken
Reply
post #7 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by LilQtBear 

Haven't seen portland..but have heard.......but I live near eugene...so I hear ya...


How do you tell if it's about to rain in Oregon?
Hold out your hand- if it gets wet, it's raining. If it doesn't get wet, it's about to rain. big_smile

My run is fully enclosed to protect from predators, including those from above (hawks, flying raccoons, etc.) Most of the roof is built with corrugated transparent fiberglass panels. I got them at Lowes or Home Depot, about $14 for a 2 foot x 8 foot panel. Gives them lots of sunlight, and keeps them dry.

Mine isn't as nice as this one from Big Red's BYC page ,  but it's the same idea.
http://i649.photobucket.com/albums/uu219/Drastikal/Picture042-1.jpg

Four Columbian Wyandotte hens, and a doting roo
My Chickens Page                  Fowlies Bregère - our coop additon                Little Chicken Wagon - Updated June 2013

Reply

Four Columbian Wyandotte hens, and a doting roo
My Chickens Page                  Fowlies Bregère - our coop additon                Little Chicken Wagon - Updated June 2013

Reply
post #8 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gargoyle 
Quote:
Originally Posted by LilQtBear 

Haven't seen portland..but have heard.......but I live near eugene...so I hear ya...


How do you tell if it's about to rain in Oregon?
Hold out your hand- if it gets wet, it's raining. If it doesn't get wet, it's about to rain. big_smile

My run is fully enclosed to protect from predators, including those from above (hawks, flying raccoons, etc.) Most of the roof is built with corrugated transparent fiberglass panels. I got them at Lowes or Home Depot, about $14 for a 2 foot x 8 foot panel. Gives them lots of sunlight, and keeps them dry.

Mine isn't as nice as this one from Big Red's BYC page ,  but it's the same idea.
http://i649.photobucket.com/albums/uu219/Drastikal/Picture042-1.jpg


Ooo, this is super nice.  I have half my run covered in corrugated sheets like this.  I have clear ones for this time of the year.  And in the summer we lay the metal ones over the top to give them extra shade.  I keep their food, water and big dust bathing holes under the protected area of the run.  There are a few logs for them to perch on too.

And if it's raining or going to rain, I'll sprinkle seeds in the dry area. 

The other area has a thick layer of leaves to keep it from getting muddy.  And now that we've done this for 14 months, the old leaves have broken down and so they are not directly on the mud.  But there's a layer of composted material and more leaves on top.

The Spice Girls
Reply
The Spice Girls
Reply
post #9 of 20

I raise their floor so there's run-off and also cover it was straw or dried Autumn leaves.wink

Love Books, Loves Babies, and Also Chickie-Poos
Reply
Love Books, Loves Babies, and Also Chickie-Poos
Reply
post #10 of 20

Oh, I also threw a tarp over the roof.

Love Books, Loves Babies, and Also Chickie-Poos
Reply
Love Books, Loves Babies, and Also Chickie-Poos
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Managing Your Flock
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Managing Your Flock › What do you do to keep your chickens dry????