*Pouring rain and chickens!!*

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Tripp16, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    Hi everyone! Ok so I wake up this morning and it was raining so I run outside and put all the chickens up in their houses. [​IMG]

    My friend is telling me to let them out! They are made for rain!! So I waited unil it was barely raining and let them back out. Well about an hour ago it started POURING! Should I lock them up? They hated it when I did it this morining! [​IMG]

    What do you guys do? [​IMG]
  2. ladyride

    ladyride Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2011
    East Tn
    They will get in out of the rain either under the coop or in it.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2011
  3. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    It's been raining all day here in western NC too. My coop door stays open into the run. All the chickens were in the coop except my younger showgirl. I placed her into the coop and then everyone came out thinking I had treats. They were all a bit damp but I think they have enough survival instinct to know when it's ok to come into and out of the rain. I say, let them decide.
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Give them their choice.
    Mine usually go out rain or shine and when tired of being wet they go back in.

    In much colder weather I get a little more concerned but not now.
  5. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    Well thats what I was thinking! Man do I worry to much!! [​IMG]

    Thanks for the replies! [​IMG]

    Also Im in NC to! [​IMG]
  6. abercrombie575

    abercrombie575 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 9, 2010
    Rain brings out all kinds of good bugs from the soil... for a chicken a good bug is worth getting wet over![​IMG]
  7. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    If its a storm I lock them up. If its just rain I let them out.
  8. cassidy22

    cassidy22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2011
    Front Range - Colorado
    I only get concerned about heavy rains if it is going to get so cold at night that I need to heat their water. We did have a really heavy storm this summer, the temps dropped (but not below freezing) it came down so fast that under their coop, they were in standing water 2 inches deep, and many of them were so wet, they struggled to get up into the coop (had to jump onto a truck tailgate) Their feathers were so wet, they couldn't get in. I locked them in, so they would be inside, NOT getting any more wet, and not with their feet in cold cold water. I figured even though they were already wet, together inside, they would keep each other warm.

    If my husband had been home, he would have told me i was stupid, but I hate to lose a bird to the cold. So I chased every dang one of them, the last one was a doozy! but I finally got her, and THEN I could sleep sound that night!

    If you feel they are unsafe, or might get too cold, do what you need to do. A day in the rain might not kill them, but either will a day in the coop!
  9. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    Quote:OMGSH that sounds EXACTLY what I just did!! Their feathers were HANGING off of them I mean drenched to the skin. When I picked each one up I could ring water out of them like a towel!! I felt so bad! They werre just standing in a big puddle (which was their whole run!!) Their run had literally flooded! They didnt fight to get out then! [​IMG]

    Oh the things I do for my chickens.... [​IMG]
  10. new chick 203

    new chick 203 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2010
    Ridgefield CT
    I've only locked them inside during the day if it is a blizzard or crazy storm.

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