Chickens and Snow

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Randy17, Nov 23, 2007.

  1. Randy17

    Randy17 In the Brooder

    Jul 4, 2007
    Oil City, Pa
    I have 8 red sex link hens and they like to be out side. I live in Pa and we are starting to get snow. My question is will it hurt the hens to be out in the snow?? I did not know if they would have problems with thier feet?

  2. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    As long as their not forced to stand in snow all day and they have a shelter to go into, they will be fine. I've never had a bird with frostbite on their feet, but on their combs, instead.
  3. Hotwings

    Hotwings Songster

    Jan 27, 2007
    southwestern Michigan
    Believe it or not chickens like to eat snow. To them it is like ice cream.
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I agree that as long as they have a dry place to get out of the snow they'll be fine. Sometimes mine go out in it, sometimes they refuse to. If it's real deep in the run right outside the door I'll shovel them an area where it's not so deep.
  5. schmoo

    schmoo Songster

    May 7, 2007
    West MI.
    It just started snowing big flakes for the first time here and the chickens ran for cover [​IMG]

    It was so funny, I lured them back into the run with treats and they kept looking up and kind of ducking down like what the heck?! I bet they all ran back in as soon as the treats were gone. [​IMG]

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