Afraid of the snow

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by idahomama, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. idahomama

    idahomama In the Brooder

    Mar 13, 2008
    This is our third snow and my crazy hens will not come out of the coop once again. The last 2 storms they stayed in and wouldn't leave until it had all melted out of the run. Pretty soon it won't be melting away - will they stay in the coop all winter? My boldest hen will stick her head out of the pop door and as soon as a flake hits her comb, the squawking starts and she goes back inside. The other two won't even attempt it. I've tried luring them out with their most favorite treats (warm oatmeal) and they won't come out.

  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Mine are the same way. Glad we don't usually get much snow here. Last year (lots of snow) I resorted to shoveling paths around the yard, so they would have green to walk on.

    Imp-Can you say chicken whipped?
  3. Nostalchic

    Nostalchic Songster

    You know, same with mine, wouldn't step in it. A couple flew out of their door clear across their big run and then huddled over there for a LONG time, until I carried them back. So I ended up shoveling out an area of the near the pop door and scattered some scratch for them, and they then ventured out and now don't seem to mind it, and have been out all over the snowy pasture with the horses. I figure with big snows I'll just have to shovel a little area for them along with the walks and the driveway and the decks and the horse runs...can't wait for the next one.
    Oh, the other thing. If your coop is a little small for the number of chickens to stay inside 24/7, you might do the other thing I did. I made them a little A frame out of a couple of old fence panels, covered that with plastic, and put it near their door so they could come out and still have a protected place to hang out when it was just getting too wild or ?boring inside. I hung some cabbages in there for them to pick at. It was easy and quick, stays pretty dry and protected, and they seem to like hanging out there, even if the weather's crummy.
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2009

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