my chickens wont go out in the snow

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by soccerstar259, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. soccerstar259

    soccerstar259 Out Of The Brooder

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    hi i was going to let out my chickens today and we had gotten some snow and they wont go outside

    does anyone know what is wrong
     
  2. Tilly's Nest

    Tilly's Nest Out Of The Brooder

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    I hear that chickens are snow blind. Shovel off an area where they can see the ground and that should help.
     
  3. Cavendish Chickens

    Cavendish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol I have no idea. Maybe it's just too cold so they don't want to come out? Or maybe they could use a little encouragement such as some treats?
     
  4. schmije

    schmije Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had that problem the first time ours saw snow. I think they were just afraid, because everything looked different. They eventually ventured out, but they didn't seem too impressed.
     
  5. swimmer

    swimmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We've had snow on the ground for three weeks now. They went out for the first time today. But not far. I threw some straw down outsdie their run and that seemed to help.
     
  6. AkTomboy

    AkTomboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens have no choice to go out in snow...we have it all year long in places. Just toss them out and let them see it wont hurt them, depending on if you heat your coop it might be a huge differance in temps so they would rather stay warm [​IMG] Mine will go out even at -45F if I let them
     

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