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post #1 of 57
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I am wondering is it normal for chickens to stay out in the rain getting wet?  Its not sprinkling it is raining so I was just curious.

Helaine in Olalla,Wa             

1 silkie, 4 white rock/buff orpington, 1 jersey giant, 5 RIR, 2 cochens,1 american chinchilla,  2 creme d argent, 2 white beveren's and 2 white mini satin rabbits.   
5 cute grandkids !
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Helaine in Olalla,Wa             

1 silkie, 4 white rock/buff orpington, 1 jersey giant, 5 RIR, 2 cochens,1 american chinchilla,  2 creme d argent, 2 white beveren's and 2 white mini satin rabbits.   
5 cute grandkids !
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post #2 of 57

Yep, its normal, goofy... but normal. smile

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post #3 of 57
Thread Starter 

That was what I was thinking I have goofy birds!

Helaine in Olalla,Wa             

1 silkie, 4 white rock/buff orpington, 1 jersey giant, 5 RIR, 2 cochens,1 american chinchilla,  2 creme d argent, 2 white beveren's and 2 white mini satin rabbits.   
5 cute grandkids !
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Helaine in Olalla,Wa             

1 silkie, 4 white rock/buff orpington, 1 jersey giant, 5 RIR, 2 cochens,1 american chinchilla,  2 creme d argent, 2 white beveren's and 2 white mini satin rabbits.   
5 cute grandkids !
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post #4 of 57

Around here some birds don't seem to notice the rain and keep doing whatever they were doing, some run from it like it was fire, and others freeze in place like they are scared stiff.

I do have enough shelter in every lot for everyone to get out of the rain if they want to.

Matt

Foothills Poultry since 2003

 

- Standards: White Rocks and SQ Black Cochins
- Bantams: BCLB/CLB Dutch, Calico Pet Project, and lots of Pets

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Foothills Poultry since 2003

 

- Standards: White Rocks and SQ Black Cochins
- Bantams: BCLB/CLB Dutch, Calico Pet Project, and lots of Pets

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post #5 of 57
Thread Starter 

I have plenty of coverage for them to be out of the rain but maybe they think they are ducks.  So far none have gone on the pool though.

Helaine in Olalla,Wa             

1 silkie, 4 white rock/buff orpington, 1 jersey giant, 5 RIR, 2 cochens,1 american chinchilla,  2 creme d argent, 2 white beveren's and 2 white mini satin rabbits.   
5 cute grandkids !
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Helaine in Olalla,Wa             

1 silkie, 4 white rock/buff orpington, 1 jersey giant, 5 RIR, 2 cochens,1 american chinchilla,  2 creme d argent, 2 white beveren's and 2 white mini satin rabbits.   
5 cute grandkids !
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post #6 of 57

Last time it was raining I kept my mine in, thinking they wouldn't want to free range (they are 10 weeks) but then I opened the pen door to see what they would do and they ran out like it was the best thing ever! I think all the earth worms come out when it rains and it's a big feast!

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post #7 of 57
Thread Starter 

Yep, I think they were doing the chicken dance in the rain!

Helaine in Olalla,Wa             

1 silkie, 4 white rock/buff orpington, 1 jersey giant, 5 RIR, 2 cochens,1 american chinchilla,  2 creme d argent, 2 white beveren's and 2 white mini satin rabbits.   
5 cute grandkids !
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Helaine in Olalla,Wa             

1 silkie, 4 white rock/buff orpington, 1 jersey giant, 5 RIR, 2 cochens,1 american chinchilla,  2 creme d argent, 2 white beveren's and 2 white mini satin rabbits.   
5 cute grandkids !
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post #8 of 57

The coop that houses my layer flock has a 6' x 4' awning in front of it, plenty of room to stay dry and still not have to go into the coop, and what do they do?

Half the flock stays out and gets soaked, and some of them are running around sqawking about it!

Go figure. idunno

"Yeah...Here comes the Rooster..."  - Alice in chains
http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2588-Roo_behavior
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"Yeah...Here comes the Rooster..."  - Alice in chains
http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2588-Roo_behavior
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post #9 of 57
Thread Starter 

Silly birds!

Helaine in Olalla,Wa             

1 silkie, 4 white rock/buff orpington, 1 jersey giant, 5 RIR, 2 cochens,1 american chinchilla,  2 creme d argent, 2 white beveren's and 2 white mini satin rabbits.   
5 cute grandkids !
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Helaine in Olalla,Wa             

1 silkie, 4 white rock/buff orpington, 1 jersey giant, 5 RIR, 2 cochens,1 american chinchilla,  2 creme d argent, 2 white beveren's and 2 white mini satin rabbits.   
5 cute grandkids !
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post #10 of 57

We'd always put them in their coop during thunderstorms (hail), when they were pullets.  They might linger outside in a shower, but anything more and they get in the coop and hang out.  Snow is worse yet.  If they can't see the ground, forget about leaving the coop.  Guess they take to even haphazard training pretty well. 

Today is the first afternoon they've been out in three (6" of rain since Sunday, here).  They were so happy to get out into the yard that they were skirring along above the ground from place to place like a covey of quail, instead of the zoftig three yr. olds they are.


Edited by ivan3 - 7/31/08 at 10:14pm
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