Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by KrisCVT, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. KrisCVT

    KrisCVT Chirping

    Sep 6, 2015
    Central Massachusetts
    I hate when my chickens hang out in the rain. Sure, I could have left them locked up this morning. But they were all throwing temper tantrums and I always worry about my neighbors getting annoyed (I forgot how LOUD female ducks are). I figured the ducks would stay out foraging and the chooks would stay inside, nice and warm. Nope, all 5 hens are out with the ducks. Nothing keeps them inside except heavy rain. It's been drizzling all morning and it's 45 degrees.

    I hate it.

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockwit Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Chickens will be chickens im afraid - who knows, maybe the drowned rat look is cool in the chicken world?

    I think most chickens do the same.

  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    Chickens love the rain, because it make the bugs and worms easier to catch. Light rain won't hurt them and yours have proven they know heavy rain is to be avoided.
  4. GodofPecking

    GodofPecking Songster

    Dec 16, 2015
    There are two types of chickens and you can only let one kind out in the rain.

    There are the ones descended from chickens on a planet where it rains, those ones are waterproof, and there are the ones from that other planet. No, seriously, don't worry ! It's usually the closest they'll get to taking bath anyway.

  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing 8 Years

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    Chickens know more about being a chicken than we will ever know. I would not lock chickens out of the coop, but if they have access to a dry spot, and are choosing to be out in the rain, then they are not suffering and not endangering themselves. The survival instinct is pretty strong in all animals. Offer them the choice of shelter or out doors, and don't worry.

    Mrs K

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