*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

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    They will get in out of the rain either under the coop or in it.
     
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  3. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    If its a storm I lock them up. If its just rain I let them out.
     
  8. cassidy22

    cassidy22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    I've only locked them inside during the day if it is a blizzard or crazy storm.
     

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