Is it even worth it?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chicks Galore3, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut

    Dec 16, 2011
    My chickens H-A-T-E the snow! Whenever I let them out, or more, force them out, they just stand there. They will fly across the snow to get to a clear space without snow. Then they all huddle in a group and look like flamigos. When I shoo them all back in, they go to the corner and snuggle and lay on their feet. I don't know if this is harming them, or if I should even bother shoving them out everyday.
  2. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    I would totally let it be their choice.
    I have one flock that will not step in the snow but will go out while it is still in parts of the run and a second flock that if they can SEE the snow then they will NOT go out.
    I figure if they want to stay in why should I make them go out. No harm in staying in.
  3. Stewzoo

    Stewzoo Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 7, 2012
    I leave it up to my girls to decide. Most take a step out, huddle by the door but look happy just to be outside. The others hang out inside. I have been trying to keep an area of the floor of the coop "free" of debris, litter and poop to throw cracked corn or scratch grains down so that they can still hunt around for tasty treats. They seem to like that I think!
  4. bruceha2000

    bruceha2000 True BYC Addict

    Apr 19, 2012
    NW Vermont
    Count me in the "let them decide" group. The purpose for them going outside is to find food (none in the snow) and enjoy life the way an egg factory chicken never can. If they are inside and WANT to be inside, they are happy [​IMG] If they WANT to be inside and you heave them out, they are NOT happy.

    If you shovel some snow away and expose green grass, you might find they want to be out. Mine did that on Thursday. They chose to stay in the barn today. The difference was that it was somewhat sunny, though cold, Thursday. Today was cold and blowing snow so no sun.

  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    if you flip some hay on top of the snow, they often will go out
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I don't have time to chase chickens around, or the inclination, frankly. The hole is there, if they want to go out they go out. They're grown birds and I let them make that decision themselves [​IMG]
  7. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    x2. Bare feet, cold snow, can't blame them!
  8. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut

    Dec 16, 2011
    Ok, thank you! I think I'll put some hay down for them!

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