chickens and rain--TOTAL NOOB QUESTION

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cameroneil, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. cameroneil

    cameroneil Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 19, 2011
    hello fowl folk!

    okay, so this is an extremely newbie question. we got silkies in the midst of the Great Central Texas Drought of 2011, and it hasn't really rained since we've had them. there is pretty big rain in the forecast for this week (thank goodness!). our run could get really muddy, i fear, and i've read that silkies shouldn't be in muddy conditions evarr. so the question is, should i open the coop in the morning like regular if it's raining/there's big rain forecast? or should i leave them cooped up? i would appreciate some insight! thanks.

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    thanks mucho!! --cameroneil
  2. <3ChickenForever

    <3ChickenForever Fire Is Catching

    Feb 20, 2011
    we let out our chickens EVERDAY no matter what, unless we were on vacation. it if rains they just go under our shed. If it rains they'll just seek shelter if that's the answer your looking for. [​IMG]

    Oh and my silkie got muddy feet sometimes, it always washed off later.
  3. PamB

    PamB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Dayville, CT
    I let mine out in the rain. I would leave them in the coop though if a really bad storm was coming.
  4. benjoycei

    benjoycei Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2011
    I leave mine in the coop when it rains just because I don't want to try to round them up in the rain at bedtime.
  5. johnzo

    johnzo New Egg

    Apr 27, 2011
    For a light to medium rain, my chickens love to go out (more worms). For heavy rains, I leave them in. Like the poster above said, I would rather not tromp through the mud and rain to round them up.
  6. Sparhawk

    Sparhawk Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 9, 2011
    With the almost weekly thunder storms rolling through the NE in recent weeks, I've noticed that they stay out of the hen house while it is light and move inside then the thunder and lightning start coming through. My white hens look a little dingy but a few days of no rain and they are back to normal (as normal as they can be)....
  7. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Your kidding its gonna rain. Can't wait.
  8. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
    [​IMG] from Ga. I open my run door and let them decide for themselves. If it is storming really bad I do not let them out. Just like in the winter. If it is extremely cold and raining or snowing I don't let them out. Good luck.
  9. Animalian

    Animalian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2011
    They're smart enough to seek shelter if the weather gets too bad. Mine sit under the bamboo near the back door being VERY noisy... I swear they're trying to get me to come out with easy or warm treats.

    They only get kept in the coop if there are high winds, in case a branch/tree falls and knocked down a fence or something, mainly because there are big unfriendly dogs next door. I also keep them in if there is a risk of flooding, or a bushfire in the area so I can evacuate the property quickly with them if need be.
  10. cameroneil

    cameroneil Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 19, 2011
    Quote:Thanks for all the wisdom, peeps! And @7L Farm, fellow thirsty Texan, I'll believe it when i see it. At this point I would have no problem wrangling muddy chickens if it meant I could re-learn what rain smells like. [​IMG] but yeah, 40% storm chance on Wednesday. *does tiny rain dance*

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