Chickens and rain

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cmclean, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. cmclean

    cmclean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Because my area (Houston,TX) has been in a severe drought for the last 9 mths, my hens have never seen rain. They went nuts yesterday when my area got 5 inches of rain in 4 hours!! (Praise the Lord, we needed it!) The hens just stood in the downpour. We ended up herding them into the coop, but they didn't want to go in. How silly they looked; drenched to the skin!!! What do "normal" chickens do when it rains?????
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  2. BantamoftheOpera

    BantamoftheOpera Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are obsessed with the rain. The only one I try to keep out of it is my silkie, because I have to blow dry the poor thing every time it rains.
     
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Run around in it. Scratch in the mud. etc

    They will go under an overhang or bush if it is heavy rain.

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  4. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

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    Yep, it was a much needed rainy day yesterday. My flock had a blast playing in it. You would almost think they were part duck! Atleast they did get under cover when the rain got heavy at times.
     
  5. cmclean

    cmclean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So it is not odd that they "played" in the rain???
     
  6. Florida_country_boy

    Florida_country_boy Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens do not mind the rain at all, they just go about doing their normal activities. Sometimes they will go under my deck when it is really heavy, but for the most part they just free-range in the pasture.
     
  7. BCchick

    BCchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine did the same thing. Just went about their business as if it were a normal day. They looked like drowned rats! I figure if they get cold or something they would go in the coop where it's dry.
     
  8. JerseyFresh

    JerseyFresh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine don't care or are too dumb to notice.
     
  9. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

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    Nope, not odd at all. Chickens are happy running about in it; however just be prepared to rescue the dingy ones that freeze in hard rain. I had younger ones do that before. Even had a hen that kept looking up at the hard rain. I thought she was gonna drown herself so I dashed out to put her in the coop.
    The more normal chickens tend to go for cover when the rain gets heavy. They mainly prefer the softer kinda rain.
     
  10. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have lots of rain.

    If the rain is 'regular' moderate rain the birds go about their normal lives.

    I the rain is heavy, there is a lot of wind, or the rain turns to snow they stay in the coop then make a mad dash for the agricultural shed or the outhouse where they spend the day.
     

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