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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by daximus, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. daximus

    daximus Hatching

    Sep 16, 2008
    Hi, I'm a chicken noobie, just need to know something.

    We have brahma chickens, a little over a month old. They are in a run that is covered, and a coop that's not finished. Rain is starting to fall and they are likely going to get a little wet if the rain blows sideways. They are fully feathered, near as I can tell, so if the temp doesn't drop below, say 60-65F will they generally be ok? They have a couple of places to 'roost' about 6 inches off the ground, but they don't always use it. I know to keep their food dry, but will they die overnight, I'm getting conflicting information. Any insight would be fantastic. Thanks

  2. MicMoo

    MicMoo Songster

    Jun 6, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    If the temperature will pretty much always stay above 60F, I don't see any problems.

    (p.s. I'm not an expert, I just play one on TV. [​IMG] )
  3. tvtaber

    tvtaber Songster

    Aug 2, 2007
    Central CA
    That is plenty warm. You might put a lean two or tarp against the prevailing wind to keep them dry.
  4. vickig

    vickig Songster

    May 26, 2008
    If they get wet and the wind is blowing their temp will drop and they will die. It happened to me with month old chicks.

    I was able to revive 3 of the 5.
  5. daximus

    daximus Hatching

    Sep 16, 2008
    Thanks for your input, everyone!

    quick update, I brought them inside the sun room, a non-air conditioned room until this morning. I sprinkled white pine shavings in their run to soak up the excess water, which wasn't much. I cleaned and dried their feed container and water container in case of bacteria setting in overnight in the dampness, and put them back out this morning, with clean food/grit and water...they were happy! I will use the tarp on the side suggesstion until I can get the rest of the lumber for their actual coop this weekend. Thanks again!
  6. supermom

    supermom In the Brooder

    Sep 10, 2008
    You could always put them in a box at night and keep them in the garage... that's what I did.

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