Do you let your chickens out in the rain?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Messipaw, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. Messipaw

    Messipaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WalkingOnSunshine--I've been reading a lot about using sand... I think I am going to try it as well after my next clean out. I'm going to put down a vinyl floor and use sand. I'll let you know how it goes.
     
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  2. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls have the option to stay in or go out. Unless it's a deluge, they prefer to go out. The rain brings the worms to the top of the soil and they have a mini-feast!
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Mine are out. They run for cover when it gets heavy, but then they come out with light rain. I think they know what they're doing.
     
  4. ErikaSmit

    ErikaSmit Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine forage in any weather, just not a fan of snow. :)
     
  5. PaulaSB12

    PaulaSB12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine have a coop and covered run, the initial idea was that they would stay in the run but they free range now, when it rains they stay in the run with w very accusing look of why are you making water fall on us look, any bad weather is my fault!
     
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  6. iheartnh

    iheartnh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine have the option to go out in the rain, and they do when it's drizzle but anything heavier than that, they head inside. I don't worry much about them being wet unless it's cold out or 'bedtime' - then I put on the heat lamps. They are still young - about 14 weeks - and I'm probably babying them more than they need. But they just look pathetic when they're wet .[​IMG]
     
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  7. Messipaw

    Messipaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    A 14 week old chicken would be just fine with no heat lamp in 15 degrees below zero with snow. You're honestly not doing them any favors by heating them.
     
  9. iheartnh

    iheartnh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really? That's impressive. I guess it's time to put the lamp away, then. Thanks for that info.
     
  10. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    You should have seen my broody hen with her four-day-old chicks out foraging in the snow this March. They'd all go skittering around playing in the snow, then pop back under Mama to warm up. Remember, chickens are wearing down parkas 24/7.
     

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