Can chickens predict the winter weather?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by annep, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. annep

    annep Songster

    Mar 4, 2011
    So, I was reading about bugs being able to tell if it's going to be a mild or bad winter, but what about chickens? hhmmm
    Anyone ever heard of anything? We have bees and wasps all over here eating anything and everything right now, but that's probably also because the fall is coming, and they know it..

  2. suzettex5

    suzettex5 Songster

    May 26, 2009
    I dont think so...

    I say that because some will molt right before its cold, leaving them with fewer warming feathers, and others will go broody and try to hatch babies either right before the weather turns, or in the dead of winter.

    But I could be wrong too!
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Not really. It is true, they'll try and go broody or molt just before winter, but it doesn't say anything about how harsh it is. At least, out here it doesn't. If they do say anything though, only the free ranged/pastured ones would really give you the signs.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by