- Aug 29, 2014
I have two eleven-week-old pita pinta pullets that I brought home last week, and today is their first rain. They have a duplex coop and run structure but haven't yet learned to use the ramp from one to the other by themselves, so I've been putting them on the ramp and helping them go down in the morning and up and bedtime (after leaving them to figure it out for themselves for a while, but so far they haven't). This morning, an hour after I had lowered the ladder into the run, they were still nesting upstairs in the coop, so I put them on the ladder so they would go down and get some food and water (which are in the run). Now that they've eaten, they seem a little ruffled and chilly (it's 60 degrees F here right now). The run floor is sand, and while it's not actually wet, it feels a bit damp and cold to the touch. The run is obviously covered, since the coop is on top of it, so they are not getting rained on. But -- should I put them back upstairs in the coop? Or should I use this as an opportunity to get them to pull it together and go back upstairs themselves if they want to? Leave them alone since the rain will stop in an hour or so? Worry that an hour downstairs when they might want to be upstairs isn't good for them? Just don't want them to be uncomfortable or get sick. Thanks.