chickens in the rain

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dldavis34, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. dldavis34

    dldavis34 In the Brooder

    May 16, 2009
    Montrose, CO
    I have 4 barred leghorn hens and 1 rooster. It has been raining for 4 hours straight now and instead of them being inside out of the rain they are all roosting outside on top of the run. I tried to get them inside but they will not go. Will they be okay sitting in the rain getting wet? Sounds like a dumb question. I am not an expert at raising chickens so I am unsure. Can anyone let me know please? Thank you!.
  2. midd2005

    midd2005 Chirping

    May 22, 2010
    how old are they? do they have all their feathers?
  3. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Songster

    Jul 3, 2009
    Our chickens LOVE the rain, it's their favorite weather. I don't know where "madder than a wet hen" comes from or "Madder than a rained on rooster" because all of ours love it. If you can't get them in it's a moot point but I figure they know best. I would have said that, actually, before I had chickens, now I know they might just be too dumb to come in [​IMG] but I do know ours make a point of going out in the rain.
  4. dldavis34

    dldavis34 In the Brooder

    May 16, 2009
    Montrose, CO
    They are 13 weeks old and have all their feathers.
  5. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    It depends on the temperature. This time of year, it's probably ok. But a few months ago I can remember reading a post here from a member who had several young chickens die when they stayed outdoors and got soaked through in a cold rain.
  6. Xanthro

    Xanthro In the Brooder

    Jun 18, 2010
    At 13 weeks, they'll be fine. Chickens like the rain, and they should have nice clean and shiny feathers the next day.

    If it's cold outside, then you have to be careful. Sometimes, they'll still stand in the rain, then freeze later. Especially, if it's somewhat warmer during the day than the evening.

    Summer time they'll be fine though.
  7. blackbelt

    blackbelt Chirping

    Aug 2, 2010
    bloomington springs tn
    Your question has been answered already, but for the record, if they are fully feathered your good. Chickens do like the rain, not freezing rain.

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