Chickens in the rain

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by NeeCee51, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. NeeCee51

    NeeCee51 Chirping

    Aug 12, 2013
    This might be a dumb question but does anyone let their chickens free range when it's raining out? They beg to get out and I feel bad for trying to keep them dry. I don't want them to get sick..
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Mine love to be out foraging in the rain. Red worms come to the surface and are easy pickings.
  3. BonRae67

    BonRae67 Songster

    Dec 23, 2014
    Ours aren't free range but they love to go out in the rain and preen. Like taking a shower for them I guess.
  4. DanEP

    DanEP Songster

    May 15, 2010
    Cadiz Ky
    As long as they can get back into a dry coop when they want to they will be fine. I just let them decide, some don't mind the rain some do. I have a leghorn that doesn't care about rain or snow and a buff orpington that hates the rain so I just leave the run door open and let them figure it out for themselves.
  5. spies04

    spies04 Chirping

    May 28, 2011
    Some of mine will stand out there when it is pouring while the others stand inside the open door looking at them like they are crazy[​IMG]. I have not had any get sick from the rain yet. I think it is all in the personality of the bird.
  6. FrizzlesRule

    FrizzlesRule Songster

    Dec 22, 2009
    Mine would love to be out all the time. They have a closed in outside area, but they would rather have the run of the whole yard even in the rain or snow. I do not let them out in the rain because many of my birds have feathered feet and I hate it when they get full of mud.
  7. barnaclebob

    barnaclebob Chirping

    Sep 24, 2012
    Mine have had no issues when being allowed to free range during the worst storms we have had here. One in particular doesn't seem to mind getting wet. She'll be in the middle of the yard looking for loot while the rest are hunkered under a tree.

    We don't get hail or thunderstorms but I'd bring them in if a line of severe storms was coming.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2015
  8. Frank758

    Frank758 In the Brooder

    Sep 23, 2012
    My chickens don't mind the rain to much in summer, but they don't like to get wet and cold together. I like to keep them dry especially in winter since I don't use heat lamps in my chicken house. They can take the cold but not the wetness.
  9. jacilee

    jacilee In the Brooder

    Jun 4, 2014
    The last bad storm we had here was last fall, lightening, hail, wind tearing branches down, the works. I had to herd my chickens in, the wind was blowing them around but they was staying out there in it rather than going inside. I had to herd 6 chickens alone in a pen in the pouring rain and wind. I looked a fool out there chasing them around and around. LOL Now we have a better pen, a better coop and better wind buffers and if they want to get wet and blow around I let them. They all love to get wet to the point of wading and sitting in the water bowl. I think they might be part duck.
  10. NeeCee51

    NeeCee51 Chirping

    Aug 12, 2013
    Thanks so much...I let them out and I guess they like the rain...

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