Rain and Freezing?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by This_chicks_place, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. This_chicks_place

    This_chicks_place Songster

    Apr 18, 2011
    Upstate NY
    Hi Everyone I have a question. It has been raining here all day and it is supposed to get down to freezing tonight. When I put the girls the away tonite their heads and bodies were pretty wet. Will they freeze in the coop tonite? We do not have any heat or lights in the coop and I'm worried. Will they be ok?

  2. Marcymom3

    Marcymom3 Songster

    I hope they will huddle up together and keep warm. Will be watching replies with interest... [​IMG]

    Hope they'll be fine!
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    They come into the coop and generally spend some time preening and fluffing. They'll be fine. They know what they are doing.
  4. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Perfect weather for the birds it beats the triple digits we had all summer.
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    I have some birds that roost outdoors essentially under stars even during the freezing rain season. When freezing rains hit, the outer feathers when soaked will freeze. Tail and hackle feathers will freeze to point of being stiff and considerable weight to bird but when birds metabolism picks up the following morning the ice melts. They still retain ability to fly. No obvious long-term effects. Birds seem most concerned with ice on branches that make it difficult for them to roost. Following freezing rains, the birds either move into buildings or roost on ground until ice melts.
  6. This_chicks_place

    This_chicks_place Songster

    Apr 18, 2011
    Upstate NY
    Quote:Thank you so much for the info. I hope that they did do some preening and dried off a bit before falling asleep. Frozen feathers....... not such a comfy night I would think. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2011
  7. WishboneDawn

    WishboneDawn In the Brooder

    Jun 19, 2011
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    The only chicken I worry about with rain is our little silky roo. He seems to get soaked see I'll put him in the coop. The other though don't seem to care. Our sex link chickens, which were never free-ranged before they came here, can't seem to get enough of the outside WHATEVER the weather. The poor girls are molting too but it doesn't matter - they're out there rain or shine.

  8. woodmort

    woodmort Songster

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    When I opened the coop yesterday the birds went out and came right back in--apparently blaming me for the weather as there was a lot of angry discussion on the topic. They got wet and cold but were fine when I closed everything up for the night--just a little p.o.ed. [​IMG] Basically the only one that suffers in this kind of weather is the owner.

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