Hen stayed out tonight, it's raining & cold!! Will she be alright?!


9 Years
May 18, 2010
My hens free range part of the day and once in awhile one or two will sleep outside somewhere, then we have to lock them out of the coop for the night to keep the rest of the flock safe. One of my hens stayed out tonight and we couldn't find her. I'm worried because after dark it started raining and it's been cold here at night. Not quite freezing temps, but cold. Since it started raining after dark I'm worried that she might not be somewhere with adequate shelter to keep her dry. If she was getting wet would she try to find shelter or would she stay put because it's so dark out?? The garage is open and a backside of the barn where she could go. I hope she's okay in the morning, the rain wasn't too bad and it let up now.
Just 2 weeks ago a hen of mine went missing for 4 days and returned...it was cool at night as well and she is just fine. Don't worry, I am sure she is resting peacefully till the morning...
She'll probably stay put, but as long as nothing finds her she should be fine. They're tougher then they look and are well able to handle a bit of crummy weather as long as it's not tooo extreme, and what you're describing is well within what they can handle.
She came home this morning!!
When she heard me open the coop and let the other girls out she magically appeared by the gate. I don't know where she stayed all night but she must've been under something because she looked pretty dry and it was raining when I went out.

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