Can we talk bad weather? mainly rain...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Going Quackers, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    My chickens have a run that they go into but it's not connected to their coop so we have to haul them over there, hey keeps them friendly we 'talk' and pet them while we walk over... (no were not crazy.. [​IMG]) anyways our weather is garbage... it's cold, rainy heck i don't think the sun exists we haven't seen it in days...

    Now the run is quite protected it's placed beside cedars that tower into the sky on the one entire side, i have shade cloth over one end too, they have a small wooden box that they can go into but usually prefer to sit on...

    now you see where i am going, how do i determine when they go out? I mainly have ducks so if it's wet/flooded they don't care if anything they are thrilled, chickens i know are not so fond of the idea... that said i hate having them 'cooped up' i keep an eye and watch for their behaviour and bring them in if they are only hiding in their box but i guess i'd prefer having a bit more knowledge on when chickens should go out and when the weather is too bad to go...

    Thanks for reading my novel lol
     
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  2. Y N dottes

    Y N dottes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    as long as they have a place to go if its just rain, they can be out in the the run whenever. my chickens dont seem to notice rain at all and will stay out in it even though they dont have to. if its a severe storm though, i think it would be better to keep them in a safer, dryer place.
     
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  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you, okay so basically our watching their behaviour is the right idea.. i'd give them a bigger box but i find chickens prefer to cuddle, since there is only 4 they seem to be pretty tight knit.
     
  4. nova022

    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens have free access to their coop and run from sunup to sunset and they love to be out in the rain. Granted our rain is probably much warmer than yours, but I have never seen them take shelter from it.
     

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