Help, got a question

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

  1. daximus

    daximus Hatching

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    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

    daximus
     
  2. MicMoo

    MicMoo Songster

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    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

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    That is plenty warm. You might put a lean two or tarp against the prevailing wind to keep them dry.
     
  4. vickig

    vickig Songster

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    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

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    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

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    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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