My chickens won't go out in the snow

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gambler, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. gambler

    gambler Out Of The Brooder

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    Is this normal chicken behavior or do I have wimpy chickens? They are RIR and have not gone outside since the snow has been on the ground.
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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  3. Winisk

    Winisk Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine aren't too sure of the white stuff either.

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  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Would YOU want to go out in the snow in bare feet??? [​IMG]
     
  5. taprock

    taprock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Half of mine will and half won't. They don't stay out long if they do go.
     
  6. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you blame them???
     
  7. PeepsInc

    PeepsInc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicken socks are on sale at Walmart! .... [​IMG]
     
  8. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Some roam freely in it, at least for a while. They could also be afraid of it.
     
  9. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm thinking all that white is also blinding. Sure does blind us, why not them, too?
     
  10. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Pretty normal, especially if the snow is very deep at all, which means more than a couple inches. As some have said, some may go out, others won't. Mine are much more likely to go out if it's sunny, on gloomy days they prefer to stay very close to the coop. It IS a must that I completely brush off the little ramp for them no matter what though! [​IMG] It helps if I stomp around a bit to tramp down the snow too, and some shavings or straw near the door helps, then they mosey around a bit more beyond after that.

    Your chickens aren't especially wimpy though! [​IMG]
     

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