Are they smart enough to come in out of the rain?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by catsew, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. catsew

    catsew Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2011
    Do chickens come in out of the rain? I know that sounds like a dumb question, but yesterday they were hiding under the coop, but they had just recently been let out so I thought maybe they didn't want to go back in yet. We were gone most of the day, so not sure what they did the next time it rained, but it did clear up and they were outside.
    So this morning its been thunderstorming and I wasn't sure if I should let them out or just keep them locked up for awhile longer.
  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    Ours go in when it rains, but younger birds newly put in a coop may not get going back inside just yet. Just like they don't get going in for the night right away.
  3. carolinagirl58

    carolinagirl58 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
    Lugoff, SC
    I don't know about yours, but mine are too dumb to get out of the rain. I have built them several places to roost at night, but they insist on sleeping on the top rail of the fence. I don't know what will happen to them in the winter. I have my laying hens and one roo locked up in a dog kennel but all of my extra roos free range in the pasture with the sheep. I guess I'll have to put the freezer before winter comes.
  4. itom37

    itom37 Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2011
    They probably aren't... yet. As long as they have some cover from heavy rain, no worries, let em figure it out. They'll learn where to go for dryness soon enough.
  5. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Our girls love a soft rain. They find shelter if a hard rain but do frolic in short drizzles.
  6. catsew

    catsew Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2011
    Thanks. Maybe they're just not quite old enough yet. Or just haven't figured it out. They also haven't quite made it to bed on their own yet either. They have been sleeping in their pop door entrance. So they're close, but not quite. I just pick them up from there and kind of shove them in (not as barbaric as it sounds, but they flap like its torture).
    We haven't quite finished the siding yet, so the one side where the most rain comes from actually has house wrap all the way to the ground, so its sheltered on 3 sides from rain completely right now underneath it.
  7. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    My girls are like Egghead's birds - they'll walk around in the light stuff, but take shelter from hard rain. If yours were hiding under the coop during a rain, then it sounds like they know to take shelter... For my birds, shelter from the rain might mean my front porch [​IMG] - just because yours didn't go INSIDE the coop doesn't mean they don't know to take shelter [​IMG]
  8. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

    Jun 24, 2011
    King George, VA
    My Coop
    My White Leghorns were 4 weeks old on Saturday and that was their 1st time in the coop - of course it rained! They stayed under the coop until I scooped them up and put them inside at night fall. Yesterday I noticed during the rainy part of the day that 3 were inside and 2 were foraging under the coop. At least they weren't out running around in the downpour. [​IMG]
  9. catsew

    catsew Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2011
    Up until yesterday it had only rained at night, so they were already locked up for the night.
    And thats true, they did know how to find shelter out of the rain. But eventually the wrap will be gone and if its windy the rain will blow underneath.

    Which leads to my next question, should I have water available inside?
  10. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Other than winter time, I keep my waterers outside, but my runs are covered, so they have access whether it's raining or not. You'll get a lot of different opinions on this. I don't mind keeping a waterer indoors (like I said - I do it all winter to keep water from freezing). So if I was having a rainy spell (several days of storms) I'd put a small one inside. But if it's just a day of rain...usually there's a break here and they could come out to drink if they really wanted to. Same with food - you don't want food getting soaked, so where do you keep it when it rains??

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