We switched from wood shavings to sand except for in their nesting-sleeping area. I just love the sand. It's so clean, no smell and so easy to clean. I use a long handled cat litter scoop and everyday I scoop it out just like a big cat little box. If it gets wet it stays solid like and will help to avoid frost bite in the winter. I am so glad I switched to sand.Just be sure you get the kind that is washed and not the play sand and not real fine sand. It can cause respiratory issues.But their feet stay clean and it's just great.Just thought I'd share with you:)
Do you let your chickens out in the rain? - Page 6
Mine have a tractor and if they choose to stand in the rain rather than hide under their coop or go in it than I'm not crawling in their to stop them!
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At four weeks they may be too young yet to trust that they know enough to get out of the rain when needed. If they had a broody watching over them then yes the mom will watch them. Wait a couple more weeks till they are fully feathered and their bodies have become fully self regulating.
"Down Parkas 24/7"... perfect ;) I am new and I worry too--glad to hear this! (My chicks are arriving Tuesday!)
DogCatChickMom--Don't forget, your baby chicks will need a draft-free brooder at the appropriate temperature for their age.. It's different with chicks that are with Mama--she regulates their temperature so you don't have to!
Edited by WalkingOnSunshine - 2/26/16 at 8:10am