can i leave my chickens out at night even when its raining?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Lisa0318, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. Lisa0318

    Lisa0318 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi, i have a coop thats opened is it ok that they get wet when it rains or should i close the coop to keep them dry?
     
  2. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    We shut our coops at night because of preditors, but never during the day no matter what the weather. Our grow out pen is open fronted and they just ignore the rain during the day. A heavy downpour might make them run for the coop, but they don't seem to pay any attention to light showers.

    I would be sure they could get in the dry if they need or want to though.
     
  3. chick_magnet

    chick_magnet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you should be fine leaving the door open at least chicken wise. I don't really know how your coop is constructed but leaving it long enough over years can cause damages to your door. FYI chickens will survive in rain and snow well at least the one running around my yard are anyways
     
  4. RHRanch

    RHRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Predators will kill your chickens if the coop is open to the outdoors at night.
     
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  5. Lisa0318

    Lisa0318 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thank you . Its thundering hard and raining and i didnt know if it could harm them to get wet.[​IMG]
     
  6. Lisa0318

    Lisa0318 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The coop door is not open but i have the run area opened with chicken wire and if they are out there they get wet.should i cover the hole coop with a tarp?
     
  7. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hen house opens into a fenced one acre lot. The only time the coop door is closed is when I need to do something with the hens.

    I've never lost one to any predator whatsoever.

    I have lost cocks on tie-cords to predators, but not very often. My stags run free from 10 weeks of age until around 10 months. I seldom if ever lose any of them. They roost wherever they can find a spot. They are out in all kinds of weather: including hurricanes/tropical storms.

    I have yotes, owls, eagles, opossum, coons, and the neighbors stupid dogs.
     

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