Do chickens have enough sense to get in out of the rain?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Texas Fluffy Feet, May 6, 2008.

  1. Texas Fluffy Feet

    Texas Fluffy Feet Songster

    Feb 20, 2008
    Arlington, TX
    My girls have just recently figured out the ladder going into the coop from the run. Our weather is going to be iffy with showers off and on the next couple of days. I hate to leave them in the coop all day long if it is only going to rain a few minutes and then stop for an hour or two. I just don't know if they have sense enough to get in out of the rain. My Aunt had a turkey who didn't once and I guess that is why I'm wondering about the chickens. [​IMG]
  2. banter

    banter Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    Sometimes if it is a soft warm rain they really enjoy running around in it. Mine go after the worms. I always worry about the violent storms, even though we have a lot of dense bushes close to the house. I leave the barn door open enough for the to get in, but storms don,t seem to bother them.
  3. suenrob

    suenrob Songster

    Jan 22, 2008
    Ft. Myers, FL
    Mine don't come in out of the rain. Dosen't seem to bother them. They find more bugs in the rain.
  4. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    When it rains the worms come out of the ground. My chickens go crazy over them!!! Unless it is just really cold they are fine.
  5. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    Mine will stay out in the rain if it's not coming down too hard. Otherwise they'll take shelter.
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    So what y'all are saying is that chickens have more sense than my border collie does! [​IMG]
    Sorry couldn't help myself. [​IMG]
  7. Texas Fluffy Feet

    Texas Fluffy Feet Songster

    Feb 20, 2008
    Arlington, TX
    [​IMG] Really?! I guess it just stuck in my brain from the tiny chick days to make sure they stay dry. I would definitely go put them in if it is going to get stormy, but I suppose I won't sweat the sprinkles. They do have some covered spots in the run too so maybe they would get under there. It sounds though that they enjoy a shower and I am just a worried old Mama Hen. Thanks for the fast replies!

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