Can 10 week old chickens be let out to play in the rain?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by quesodano, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. quesodano

    quesodano Out Of The Brooder

    Silly question but my girls are free range. 30 girls sleep well in a 80 square enclosure. They like space in the day. Weather has been dreary here in FL. Constant rain for the last 2 days. Are their feathers mature enough to protect them? its 71 degrees
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I would, as long as they are free to go back in.
     
  3. quesodano

    quesodano Out Of The Brooder

    Well i just hope they are smart enough to come in if it gets bad [​IMG]. They really like it out side [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Agree. At that age with those temperatures, I would give them the option. They should have already been through one juvenile molt and their feathers should be in great shape for that weather.

    Chickens go through two juvenile molts before they reach adulthood, the first one probably around 8 to 9 weeks of age. They outgrow their feathers and have to replace them. At 10 weeks, I really don't see a problem.
     

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