Do i have Ducks? or are my chickens slow?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Le Mitzer, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. Le Mitzer

    Le Mitzer In the Brooder

    May 24, 2011
    So i let my chickens out this morning and about 30 minutes later it started to down pour! and as soon as i saw the rain i began to run home to put the chickens in side, but my father in law said it was not big deal, they will naturally seek shelter.... but when i can home for lunch, my two girls where still outside soak right through. is this normal that chickens will stay in the rain or do I have chickens with a duck genes?
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Hi Le Mitzer,

    I live in Seattle Wa., infamous for being rainy. My chickens will hang out in the rain too, unless it really starts raining heavily. Then they move under the eves.

  3. v.cyr

    v.cyr Songster

    May 4, 2010
    Greene, NY
    My chickens don't seem to care if it raining, unless it really starts to pour... I mean "can't see 10 yards away it's raining so hard" pouring...anything less, and they don't even seem to notice...
  4. AKsmama

    AKsmama Songster

    Jun 20, 2010
    South Carolina
    Mine stay out in the rain unless it's coming down really hard. They go out in the snow too (I live where we don't get too much snow, and when we do, it melts quickly). I open the coop doors and let them decide what they want to do. If they get uncomfortable, they'll find shelter.
  5. Chickens are amazingly tolerant of rain. When mine were younger, they would get soaked before coming inside. Now, at 2 years old, they are a little more fussy and will seek shelter when it rains. Unless, of course, I throw a handful of corn out for them. Then, "who cares about the weather!".
  6. Hinotori

    Hinotori Silver Feathers Premium Member

    Apr 27, 2011
    Graham, WA
    Mine ignore light rain other than to shake it off every now and then. They go inside if it starts raining hard. The silkies actually will put up with heavier rain than the EEs before going in. I've seen them playing in puddles along the drip line even.

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