I am pretty new to being a chicken mother as a grown up. We had chickens when I was a young girl, which was too long ago to say how long ago! Anyways, I was wondering what the general consensus is when it comes to thunderstorms? I don't EVER remember my dad putting the chickens up any time we had thunderstorms, which growing up in Florida was a daily occurrence most months. I have 4 chickens that are 6+ weeks and 4 that are around 3 months. Up until two night ago they all came into my house at night and slept in their 2 pens, big girls in one pen and the younger ones in another. They now have a wonderful new 8 x 10 home that they stay in at night, although I still keep the younger ones in their pen in there so the big girls don't peck the snot out of them all night and terrorize them to no end. During the day when I am at home they free range. When I am at work both groups have different runs they are in. However, because of the new house the runs currently are not entirely up, the big one is 90% finished but needs work still. So as of now they can go in to it but come right back out if they feel like it. Today and tomorrow we are expecting severe thunderstorms with the potential of hail and damaging winds. I am not certain if I should just leave them in their house or let them out and hope they find their way back inside or at least seek cover. I would have to let the younger ones out of their pen so they weren't so confined, and this is a possible issue with the bigger ones picking on them. So, what do you guys do when you are expecting a big storm?