Rain, 36 deg. & they won't go in the coop!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by prairiepearls, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. prairiepearls

    prairiepearls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2010
    Wichita, Kansas
    OK, all summer, when it rained, they stayed outside & got wet, but I didn't worry because they weren't cold. Today it's 36 degrees, raining, & they STILL won't go in the nice dry coop where they roost at night and lay their eggs. I've only got 3 hens, and the coop is plenty big enough (4' x 6' x 4' high). I finally lured them into the kitchen with some treats, and they're drying out and preening. Should I carry them to the coop and shut them in like I do at night?? I just don't see how it can be good for them to get soaked in these temperatures (this will be my first winter with chickens). Are they really THAT stupid? Or are they actually OK?! PLEASE ADVISE!!
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I'm north of you a ways and it's snowing here. Most of mine are out in it......they'll be fine. They'll go in when they need to.
  3. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Quote:They are just fine:) They have good sense about what they need. Do not coddle them, because if you do, they will not be able to take good care of themselves.
  4. monathequeen

    monathequeen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2009
    Burlington KS
    Hello, Chickens do not really like getting wet. Usually they will find a shelter and stay put. They don't want to make their way back to the coop in fear of getting wet so they stay still. If you have a dry coop, don't let them out if it's raining and cold. I keep my chickens in the coop which has a fully-covered roof so they can hang out outside of the house or go in at will. I would take them back to the coop and leave them inside so they wont get wet or cold. They can withstand very cold temps as long as they are able to go inside when they want to. Never let them free-range out in the yard in the cold.....if they don't have a covered shelter to hide under.
    But it sounds to me that they wondered away from the coop so they are "stranded" so to speak......make sense ? Please reply.....Ray
    Chickens are very smart and will find a way to "escape" the coop but don't know how to get back to the warmth once they're out..........
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2010
  5. prairiepearls

    prairiepearls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2010
    Wichita, Kansas
    Well, I let them dry off in the kitchen for a while and then let them back out. The rain had let up by then, so they didn't get all wet again.

    I swear, this is like having a new baby for the first time -- I need experienced "moms" to tell me they're going to be OK. ;-)
  6. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    I would leave them to their own devices. I frankly think that bringing them in the house getting them very warm and then back outside is begging for a respiritory issue. I have some very old books on poultry management and they all recommend less as opposed to more in terms of warming birds up. Proper ventilation is the key to good bird health.
  7. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    Darn, no one told my 25 chickens that they do not like the rain! It was coming down all day yesterday & they were outside much of the time. They were soaked when they went to bed last night, but amazingly they were all alive in the morning. Unless it's blowing snow, I never keep my door closed. They go out if they want to. These birds are not stupid.
  8. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Mine love the cold rain and snow! Unless it's a blizzard they are always outdoors in the runs.
  9. prairiepearls

    prairiepearls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2010
    Wichita, Kansas
    So, even if they get all wet and it's really cold & windy, that's OK? Mine never spend any time in the coop unless they're laying or it's night. I guess I'll have to wait & see what they do when it gets truly wintry here. (confidence, girl, confidence; remember, chickens have survived for 1000s of years...) Thanks, everybody, for the words of assurance!
  10. Louise's Country Closet

    Louise's Country Closet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2010
    Garrison, MN
    I think mine are outside MORE when it's raining or snowing!! It use to drive me nuts at first because I'm a worrier but they do just fine. They aren't as stupid as someone suggested in here. They know where to go to get out of the cold if they really want to so long as they have access to it.

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