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Do your chickens like rain?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bukbugack, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. bukbugack

    bukbugack Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 9, 2009
    L.I. New York
    My first bunch of chickens hated rain. If there was so much as a cloud in the sky they would'nt come out. These birds I have now seem to think they are ducks. They are always out in the rain. Today I slept late. When I got up I found that my wire had let the birds out in a 40 degree rain they were soaked to the bone and not seeming to mind at all. Is this weird? It's supposed to get down to freezing later. I'm thinking these birds don't know what's good for them.
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Not weird at all. Mine frequently stand in the rain until they look like a soaked cat. They have a nice, dry and warm coop, but they prefer to stand in the rain. I guess they want a shower.[​IMG]

    Now bring out the hose, and they'll kill themselves trying to get away.
  3. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa
    It's not just chickens! One of my Guneas was doing this the other day. It drove me nuts till I got her shooed inside.
  4. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine are afraid of the spray bottle I chase them off the porch with but will walk around in a pouring rain all day. Yep They're WEIRD!
  5. bukbugack

    bukbugack Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 9, 2009
    L.I. New York
    I think with chickens there are two kinds of water.

    1. Rain water. (Goooood!)

    2. Water that comes from the big green snake in the yard. (BAD!)
  6. Chooksaurus

    Chooksaurus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2009
    NW WI
    Ours love the rain, hate snow. You would swear the little white flakes were trying to kill them. Walk into the coop with snow on your boots though, and they will run over each other trying to peck it off and eat it.

    Last edited: Dec 5, 2009
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Snow, rain, ice, mine don't care.
  8. chickenvirgin

    chickenvirgin Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2009
    Blaine Lake, SK
    Mine love the rain, it brings out the bugs![​IMG]
  9. vstoltzfus

    vstoltzfus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2009
    Lancaster County, PA
    Mine do!
  10. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2007
    Mine are sick of the rain. I think they want a nice dry dust bath, but they love to pick the worms and bugs trying to escape.

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