Should I free range my chickens when it snows

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Bubba56, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. Bubba56

    Bubba56 New Egg

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    I live in southern New Jersey and I'm new to the whole chicken thing. As I'm getting ready for the winter I want to know if its safe for my birds to be out in the snow. I do have a covered run, but I do let my birds out a couple hours a day.
     
  2. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] I wouldn't say that it's very safe, I can imagine that your chickens will be very visible for passing predators. My hens mostly stay inside the coop because they hate snow and the coldness of it. I would give them a choice of going out or staying in, if my chickens do go out they spend most of their time taking shelter somewhere in the yard.
     
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2013
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! Chickens don't tend to like snow more than an inch or so deep, so if it is much more they tend to stay in the coop or covered areas anyhow. If I let mine out they will just stay at the door and complain or just walk around in the bare spots or paths we have made. X 2 If you have predator problems, especially flying ones, the chickens will be more visable.
     
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  5. Bubba56

    Bubba56 New Egg

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    Thank for all the help. Ill just let them decide for themselves. I'm sure they will be surprised the first time they see snow.
     
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    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  7. BantamFan4Life

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  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! The first time we had snow, mine ran a lap of the yard and went straight back to the coop.
     

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