DO YOU LET YOUR GIRLS GO OUT IN THE RAIN?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicky gal1, May 4, 2009.

  1. chicky gal1

    chicky gal1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are out right now in the rain. I can't convince them to come back in! [​IMG] They seem to be having a great time digging for worms, but they really are soaked. should I make them come in?
     
  2. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    If they're happy, let them play.
     
  3. chicky gal1

    chicky gal1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks, they do seem happy!
     
  4. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Quote:Yeah, I agree. Better for them to get out and about and satisfy their curiosity about life than to be kept in and start getting on each other's nerves.
     
  5. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    Up here in the NW, my babies have grown up with the rain and they don't seem to mind it at all... They put themselves inside if the rain gets really hard combined with strong wind, but other than that, they play away. Plus, as you said, it brings out all the nice worms! Anyway, I'm very far from being an expert, but so far it hasn't hurt my chickies, so I say let them have fun! I would be interested to hear from a more experienced poultry person, though, if there is a particular reason to make them come in from the rain.
     
  6. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
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    Animals, back in the day, used to live outside full time- rain or shine. Theyre made for it.

    Short of those silly breeds we make that just cant handle the weather for one reason or another.

    Theyre fine. They'll come in when theyre too wet or cold.
     
  7. wanda047

    wanda047 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I usually just give mine the option. If it's a gentle rain, the door is open so if they want to go out they can and if not, they can stay inside. More times than not though, they think they have to go out in search of worms. If it's storming bad, I never open their door.
     
  8. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I covered part of their run with tin, so they could chose rain or not. It's up to them.
     
  9. astylishgirl

    astylishgirl Animal Lover Supreme

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    Same here. It was pouring yesterday and I was really worried. Mainly because my coop is not finished yet and their house is a small dog kennel. I tarped half of their run, but they chose to go out in the rain. When they got tired of it, they went under the tarp.
     
  10. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    My girlies are like "ooooh, icky, nasty, .....wait, is that food?"
     

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