Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by hummingbyrd, May 15, 2011.

  1. hummingbyrd

    hummingbyrd Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 1, 2011
    near Rochester, NY
    Do ya'll let your chickens out in the rain? Yesterday we had a 50/60 degree day with light misting rain. We opened up the coop to let the girlies free range and they stayed out alllll day and really looked pretty wet by the end of the day.

    Now, I'm not calling my hens dumb, but ummm are they smart enough to know when to come inside from the rain??... or are we best off not letting them out in the rain....or am I just being over protective and will the rain not really cause any harm to them?

    This is our first spring with the chickens and so I just have no idea and want to keep them happy and healthy. Thanks ahead of time for any wisdom you can share! [​IMG]
  2. 16chickadees

    16chickadees Out Of The Brooder

    May 9, 2011
    It really depends on how heavy/light the rain is.
  3. frizzleman74

    frizzleman74 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2010
    Fairfield County
    i am wondering the same question...i want to know if i should put a roof on my run or if they are fine in the rain
  4. 16chickadees

    16chickadees Out Of The Brooder

    May 9, 2011
    My coop is half covered. Meaning it has a roof on one side of it but the other is open. That way my chickens can choose whether they want to get wet or not, but I dont know what to say about free range chickens...
  5. NanaLantana

    NanaLantana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2011
    Lantana, Florida
    Chickens can get wet, don't worry. They shouldn't catch their death by playing in the rain.

    That expression, "madder than a wet hen" Is, I believe, when someone tries to break a broody off her nest with a hose - it really makes them mad! But when they get wet themselves, they're happy - go figure:D
  6. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hillsborough, NC USA
    When I started free ranging my chickens, the first time it rained on them they were SURE it was something that was going to kill them and they ran into the run until the rain was over. Now, they ignore it unless it rains really hard. I would make sure they still have a nice and dry space to get to when it's raining. When everything else is wet they go into their run to dust bathe.
  7. alhanse77

    alhanse77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2010
    Rexburg, ID
    My chickens LOVE the rain! Or maybe they are just to dumb to know that they are soaking wet. My 4 girls free range in the back yard all day long. They do have access to shelter which they will seek on occasion, but generally they spend the day looking for bugs and worms.
  8. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2010
    How old are they? I had one young cock last year get sick from being in the rain.Fortunately,he recovered. My older chickens stay under cover if it's raining hard but if it's sprinkling they walk around in it.They do fine.
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    My chickens go out in the rain, snow, sleet. It doesn't hurt them. We may love them as pets, but they are in fact livestock.
    Last edited: May 17, 2011
  10. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    I keep my run covered so they are not living in the mud but have no problem letting them go running around in the rain and getting wet, they seem to like it.

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