Are white chickens less afraid of the snow?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by vermontgal, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. vermontgal

    vermontgal Songster

    Are white chickens more likely to be happy going out in the snow? I am wondering if my chicken's avoidance of snow is an instinctual concern about camouflage (or lack thereof) against the all-white background.

    Anyone with a mixed flock have some observations?

    I have 2 BR, 1 NHR, and 1 EE. Of these, the NHR, also the lightest color chicken, is the most willing to go outside. My coop is in an exposed area, with almost no habitat "cover" nearby. I am thinking of "planting" some used Christmas trees in the snowbank outside the coop to provide them with temporary cover over the winter. My gals are pretty cold hardy, as I heat the coop only with a 100w heater and only when the temps are below -15F outside.

    So, I am wondering if the chickens' fear of snow is really a fear of being eaten - and I wonder if white chickens therefore are less afraid of snow?

    Will adding trees as cover help my gals be more willing to go out?
  2. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    I have white chickens and they detest snow just as much as the rest of them do. I think they don't like getting their feet cold and wet.

    Adding trees will always make your chickens happier though. [​IMG]
  3. kbarrett

    kbarrett Songster

    Nov 12, 2007
    I agree with Buster. I have a mixed flock white, black, barred, buff & brown hens. They don't care for snow though they'll go out more frequently if it's icy out [​IMG]
  4. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing 9 Years

    Oct 16, 2008
    the worst part of winter is almost over !!

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    Jan 14, 2008
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  6. vermontgal

    vermontgal Songster

    I've offered to take them skiing, but they aren't interested. [​IMG]

    In the category of "what do you wish you'd known when building your coop" -- I wish I'd known that they wouldn't be willing to go outside all winter. I give them the chance, but they won't go. Thanks for the opinions.
  7. chickenannie

    chickenannie Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    Mine don't like cold feet. And I've learned recently from the ice storm, that they are as afraid of walking on slippery ice, as humans are, for obvious reasons.

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