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

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kayri, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. kayri

    kayri Songster

    Jul 6, 2007
    Every time it rains hard here (and it has been doing that a lot), my chickens get soaking wet to the bone. Their feathers are all plastered down around them. It is usually about 36 degrees out and we have to take them inside, put them in a small coop and build a fire in the wood stove to dry them out before I put them in their unheated coop.
    They can go under the covered porch, or under their own small coop or stay in their coop to stay dry, but they don't seem to.

    Does anyone else have that problem, or is it just my chickens?

  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    when it rains my moms barred rocks hop into the coop. if its a drizzle they stay out in the rain for a lil bit or hide under the laddder
  3. tpantali

    tpantali In the Brooder

    May 16, 2007
    Finger Lakes New York
    Ours do not come in out the rain. We have been known, to the amusement of the neighbors, to chase them around trying to get them into the coop and out the rain. [​IMG]
    However they do not come out when it is cold or if there is snow.
  4. hsm5grls

    hsm5grls Songster

    Oct 3, 2007
    It has been pouring here all day and the chickens have been pecking around in the mud having a good ol time. They look horrible ( dripping wet) but they are enjoying it. I just figure if it bothered them they would run into there coop. I think it's kinda cute. Silly chickens!!!
  5. Ga Chicken Mom

    Ga Chicken Mom Songster

    Jul 24, 2007
    My chicks - RIRs, Doms and BOs - stay out in a drizzle but go under the porch if it rains harder. They do not go in the hen house except to lay eggs or eat during the day. They are free range all day and locked up tight in the hen house at night
  6. Pelican49

    Pelican49 Songster

    Jan 26, 2008
    Quote:They sound pretty smart to me. Get wet = come in the house and sit by a roaring fire.
  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Quote:They sound pretty smart to me. Get wet = come in the house and sit by a roaring fire.

    Yes, sounds like they have you pretty well trained
  8. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Crowing

    Feb 15, 2007
    Austin area, Texas
    No mine don't come out of the rain. They stand outside the back door, bedraggled and sad looking, and beg for warming treats. They do their sad and pathetic look and hope someone will give them food, they have it perfected. They have even been known to tap on the door.
  9. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    The ones I have now do although not all of mine have in the past. The two hens I have right now either go into the coop or under the deck.
  10. chickiebird

    chickiebird In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2007
    Annapolis Valley
    No, mine stay out and get soaked. They're silkies, so they end up looking like drowned rats, with the tufts on their head going all spiky. They absolutley refuse to go out in the snow though. They peek out the door and will not touch a toe outside if there is snow on the ground.

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