Rainy Days

luvmyhens

In the Brooder
9 Years
Aug 24, 2010
28
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La Mirada, California
Hello Everyone,

It's raining here in California, this is the first rain of the season with my new flock of hens. They are used to free ranging and really hate to be in their coop. My question is --- Is it O.K. for them to be out in the rain all day? I really don't want sick hens.

Thank you for your advice.
A new chicken raiser and loving it.
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peep this

In the Brooder
9 Years
Mar 13, 2010
67
2
41
Ours go out in all but the most furious of downpours. I saw one trying to dustbathe yesterday in the packed down yet still slightly muddy orchard....
Crazy birds....
 

Ridgerunner

Crossing the Road
12 Years
Feb 2, 2009
27,867
22,044
907
Southeast Louisiana
There are different threads on this topic active right now, which is fine. Must be that time of year for some people. You are not alone in your thinking or concern.

If they are not young chicks but are fully feathered out, they will be OK. Their outer feathers has some oil in them that helps shed water. Not as good as ducks for swimming but OK for rain. Earthworms come to the surface during a rain. Chickens love earthworms. So, yeah, I agree. Give them to option to do what they wish.
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
13 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,906
345
661
SW Arkansas
I open the door to my coops every day and let them decide. Never once have my chickens stayed in because of the weather. I have roomy coops, but they much prefer to be outside.
 

Mak

Songster
10 Years
Dec 12, 2009
738
9
131
Londonderry, NH
It's rainy up here in NH today, too. Opened the pop door as usual this morning and the chickens have been in and out all day. When the rain gets to be too much, they go back into the coop for a while. They huddle down in the shavings and snuggle together to keep warm. I did put their treat bowl in the coop today so they would not have to stay out if they didn't want to.
 

scootermom

In the Brooder
11 Years
Jan 19, 2009
77
0
39
Rancho Cucamonga
I was just about to post the same question! I have my first hens free ranging in Rancho Cucamonga (southern California) and I keep seeing them grazing across the yard in a steady rain. I guess they'll be okay, but I wish they would go in thier hen house!
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gryeyes

Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
10 Years
Sep 22, 2009
15,506
432
358
My slice of heaven in Somerset, CA
"Mad as a wet hen." Hmmmm. Bedraggled IS a better word. But then again, if a hen was wettened (wetted? got wet?) against her will, she WOULD be mad.

Sorry... just noodling here... mine like the rain. Of course, we haven't had a downpour of any great strength yet. They DO hate the wind, though. Get all annoyed about having their feathers blown the wrong way when they try to walk WITH the wind. Must chill their butts. Or maybe they're just fashion hens and don't like looking silly.

HA! But if that were the case, then they would NEVER run anywhere! Who can keep from laughing at a running chicken??

Send some of that rain up north thisaway, will ya's? Thanks!
 

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