Today was the only time its rained in months! (california) and hopefully my chickens like it
chickens in the rain - Page 7
I live in an area where it rains almost every day so they don't have a choice if they want to free range for bugs, worms, and check out the compost pile. I think they all believe "it is what it is" but they do seem to check the puddles for earth worms daily, which are just wonderful around here. We have 2 Buff Orphs, a RI Red, and a Dominique and they seem to love being together with few disputes. We just love them----all are spoiled and like to sit on or with us.
I am in Port Angeles and you know how wet we get here too. My 4 chickiebabies look like drowned rats by the time they go in to roost at night. They might not like it, but it doesn't stop the free range hunt for bugs, slugs, and night crawlers that come out in the rain. I don't like the reduction in eggs due to either the weather or the fewer hours of light lately, but I still have a good supply of eggs from this summer and they will last a long time.
I have spoiled California chickens and it's been interesting to see them go from absolute huddled horror when they first encountered rain at about 5 months old, to now a couple months later they just hang out in it. We are improving our drought with a decently wet rainy season so far this year, and I gave them a 2'x12' corrugated acrylic panel's worth or weather protection. Two thirds of it is covering the open part of their coop (cut in pieces so they get a 4'x4' square of dry area) and the remaining 4'x2' section I turned into a dry perch for them after watching them get soaked in the back part of the run. I built this from scraps of an old Ikea bedframe my dad had lying around (sized about like 1"x2" pine lumber) and a 4-foot scrap of 2"x4" so they each get a foot of roost.
Certainly nothing fancy but not bad considering I built it in the kitchen in my pajamas in about an hour, using free scraps! And of course now that I built this it magically stopped the rain. Oh well, they still like sitting in it!