Chickens and rain. Will they get sick if they get wet?

Jody

Songster
10 Years
Nov 8, 2009
215
5
111
Epping, NH
It's raining right now and is very wet and chilly. I haven't let my chickens out of the coop today to use the run.

Should I leave them inside on rainy days so that they don't get wet and muddy? I don't want them to get sick. Or, is it ok to let them out on rainy days.

Oh, also.. it's muddy right now too, so I think my white chicken will turn brown and black if I let her out and it's too cold for a bath.
 
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Jody

Songster
10 Years
Nov 8, 2009
215
5
111
Epping, NH
Well, I let them out a few hours ago. went out for a bit, and I come back and they're soaked and filthy


The black star and plymouth rock don't look so bad.. just very wet.. the white leghorn looks terrible. All of them have muddy feet. I want to clean their feet and maybe towel them up a bit, but pesky birds won't let me catch them and if I do catch one it gets away flapping around.
 

Kotiya

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jun 11, 2009
75
1
39
South-West Ohio
Mine like the rain. They free range all day, and have a large coop and garage to go to if the rain bothers them. They've surprised me a number of times when I thought they wouldn't come out (pooring down), but they wander and seem to be having fun. I think they like the bugs that come out. They also seem to take really good care of getting themselves cleaned up. I suppose ducks are made for water, why not chickens?
 

Tala

Flock Mistress
10 Years
Apr 14, 2009
6,372
48
251
Benton (Saline County) AR
It seems like they stay pretty dry under the feathers, despite looking like drown rats. Mine only hide when it pours hard, anything less and they're all out in it.
 

biddyboo

Songster
11 Years
Apr 27, 2008
339
7
139
Ashland, Missouri
Keeping chickens is new for us too, and I stressed and worried about the hens and rain until I observed them on our various "bad" weather days. Like others have said, the hens for the most part choose to be out and about in rainy weather, choosing only when the wind blows to take shelter. Even though they have access to the coop and its dry shavings, they'll almost always shelter UNDER the coop, still preferring outdoors to indoors. The weather that consistently seems to drive them to shelter is wind. From this, I determined that winter weather will be okay most of the time for them except when it's windy and wet (rain, sleet, snow). For this reason, we are constructing an 8 x 12 run just inside the barn from their fenced chicken yard and coop. They'll have a pop door opened for them from the space under their coop into the run inside the barn. I plan to put deep pine shavings down in the run to handle poo. A heated waterer and feeder will be in the run for them as well as a couple of low saw horses for roosts. If they choose, they can be snug in nasty weather, but (laughing) I suspect I'll still find them scratching around outside in their yard in a blizzard come February! ~G
 

Ibicella

Songster
10 Years
Nov 13, 2009
578
40
176
Everett, WA
Rain is prime worm-hunting weather!


I live in Washington, rain is a fact of life here for most of the year. Chickens tend to have thick insulating feathers underneath the longer guard feathers, so they do fine in the rain so long as they have dry space to get out of it. They know when they've had enough.
 

sbates

Chirping
10 Years
Oct 27, 2009
15
1
77
Hampstead
My chickens seem completely oblivious to most rain. The goats will hide at the first drop but the chickens always go out in it. No ill affects thus far.
 

g_a_brand

Songster
10 Years
May 28, 2009
131
3
101
Debert, Nova Scotia
Today was our chickens 1st day in the new run ( only had a small one called the play pen )
it was misting most of the day , but it did start raining and most of them stayed out in it ( 4 came in )
they even put them selves to bed without us chasing them back into the coop.... smart chickies

granted the ones that stayed outside look like drown rats lol but they were cleaning and fluffing themselves when we closed up the coop ... silly girls
 

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