Free range in the rain?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WineChicks, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. WineChicks

    WineChicks In the Brooder

    Dec 29, 2010
    Any reason not to let them out when it's raining?
  2. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    None that I know of. Been free-ranging mine every day, rain or shine, for about 9 months and they haven't melted yet.
  3. andalusn

    andalusn Songster

    Sep 6, 2009
    Ridgefield, WA
    Mine are out rain or shine.. could all be the same day here [​IMG] When it's pouring they settle down to favorite spot in the barn under cover but when it gets lighter the hens are back out pecking and scratching in the grass or under trees moving the leaves. Right after a good hard rain they seem to know just where to go for big worms and night crawlers.
  4. ddroland

    ddroland Chirping

    Oct 15, 2010
    Eastern PA
    I'm staring at mine out the window right now. All scratching around in the torrential downpour. They always look pretty pathetic, but never had any problems.
  5. luvtheladies

    luvtheladies In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2011
    Harrogate, TN
    Mine are out in the rain right now. They wander around if it gets too hard they go under the barn and lay in there dust bowls they have made. When it gets time to go to roost they all go in and all I have to do is shut the door. I have some very good girls and 1 boy.
  6. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    The chickens I allow to free range never let the weather stop them. Rain, snow, etc,... [​IMG]
  7. chickengrl

    chickengrl Songster

    Sep 30, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    hhhhmmm, I have kept mine in today due to all day rain showers. They seem to be cursing me out in chicken when I didn't open the pop doors. They were somewhat calmed with a dinner of scrambled eggs and left over potato soup. Maybe I should re-think that. Guess I thought it would be bad for them to get soaked. [​IMG]
  8. pontoosuc

    pontoosuc Songster

    Jun 9, 2010
    Richmond, MA
    mine are out in their run which is partially covered. the majority of them are in the non covered space
    and it is torrential rain at the moment.
  9. oconnorfamily25

    oconnorfamily25 Chirping

    Jul 19, 2010
    My hens ran out to free range today, when it was raining, and one hen decided to go to the barn and when she couldn't get in just stood by the door waiting for someone to come and get her! For some reason, my chickens think of me as transportation! But they despise the snow.
  10. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I've been watching mine through the living room window, too. They don't mind rain at all, but they hate the wind. It musses up their feathers if they don't face into it.

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