A man who raises poultry professionally told me that chickens should not get wet if it's cold. But, we live in Michigan so perhaps he meant below freezing when he said cold. I need clarification! So, there's a light drizzle outside today and it's in the low 40s. I was wondering if I should keep the hens inside on days like this. My run is not covered so they'll get wet if they go out, though they can get under a pine tree where it stays quite dry. But, to get to the tree they have to fly over the 4 ft run fence which they do easily when dry--but could they do this when wet in order to get back into the coop? I can open the gate for them to walk through if they can't fly over the fence--I just don't like to leave it open as the enclosed run provides them a safe haven from my own dogs. Here are my questions: 1) Let's say it's a real drenching rain but it's a summer day and it's in the 70s or 80s--can they be outside then? 2) Let's say there is minimal precipitation (light drizzle or lightly falling, relatively dry snow) but it is cold, as in either close to or below freezing--can they be outside then? And, 3) can chickens fly over a 4 ft fence if they've gotten slightly wet but not soaked? Thanks so much for any advice! Oh, and I should clarify that when I open the coop it's free choice for the chickens to be outside or in. I'm never forcing them to be outside if they don't want to be. I just don't know whether to give them the option because, seriously, they don't always make the best choices!