Chickens in the Rain??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sclank, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. sclank

    sclank Hatching

    Oct 21, 2007
    My 5 hens, 21 weeks old, have been out and about in the yard for a couple of weeks now that it is a little warmer. And doing great. But today it is 40 degrees and pouring rain. They are out on the grass pecking away. What are they doing? They have plenty of food in the coop? Will they make themselves sick? It is so cold and wet...
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    My chickens do the same thing. they are special creatures arnt they. So simple minded [​IMG]
  3. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    Mine love it when it rains because the worms come up and they grab them by the dozens. [​IMG] Easy, tasty, snack!!!! LOL I, too, worry about them getting too sick, but they seem to go in when they are tired of it.

    Edit: I don't think they are being simple minded at all. [​IMG] They KNOW those worms are there for the taking. My Red Star walks with her head down and grabs one about every 3 or 4 seconds. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2008
  4. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    Mine run out to run in the puddles.....muck the food meant for them off and on.but LOVE the rain.they will be fine.and happy !
  5. JimnJanet

    JimnJanet Songster

    Jan 29, 2008
    S.W Pa.
    My ladies would run and fly home as soon as the first rain drop fell cacklin and screamin like a bunch o' girls lol
    Now that i got a 'roo, they all stand out there scratchin and peckin in the pourin rain. No problems yet.
  6. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    the rain doest hurt them at all.they are out scratching for the worms an buggs that come to the surface when it rains.they are fine.nor will they catch a cold.
  7. chickenannie

    chickenannie Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    They don't mind the rain because their feathers shed rain really well. At least up to a point. I've noticed that once the rain gets really heavy and if it starts to penetrate underneath the outermost layer of feathers, that's when they seek shelter. Think about wild birds outside -- they're 'designed' to deal with rain.

    The one exception to this is if you raise commercial poultry -- they're so inbred for meat production that they hardly produce good feathers anymore and they get wet really fast.
  8. mommy9994

    mommy9994 Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    central VA
    mine don't eat hardly any of the feed I give them-- they are far more interested in the creepy crawlies in the yard-- especially when it rains!
  9. chicknmania

    chicknmania Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    It has been pouring for two days here and our chickens are in heaven! Their favorite pastime is to wade in the huge puddle that forms in the front yard whenever it rains hard. They do have water resistent outer feathers and down underneath, but even our silkies will go out, though they don't have much is funny to see em soaking wet; they never seem to come to any harm, though.
  10. JimnJanet

    JimnJanet Songster

    Jan 29, 2008
    S.W Pa.
    See what you started now sclank !!!!!!

    Now after i went and told you that my birds are fine in the rain. NOW they come a knockin and want in !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This the first and LAST time i let dem birds use my computer.They told me they were gonna "surf" for a while but obviously they lied and was lurkin in the BYC.



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