Silkies in Summer

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Ruthieharris, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. Ruthieharris

    Ruthieharris Out Of The Brooder

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    I've a silly question , with having my 1st chickens and all, in the Summer do chickens like to have a little dip ? Do they like to bathe in shallow water as well as their dirt baths ? Going to be a bit worried about them as Summer is approaching here and being Silkies i reckon theyd feel the heat with all those thick fluffy feathers .
     
  2. stevetone

    stevetone Chicken Advocate

    My experience is that chickens hate getting wet.

    When we wash our chickens prior to a poultry show, they get this look, "Hey! We are NOT Ducks!"

    Kind of like cats--they prefer to stay dry. Which brings up what they really like to do in the heat: burrow into the dirt. Sometimes I lose sight of them they are so "dug in." It keeps them cooler.

    Kids love it when I tell them that chickens take dirt baths. They think it's cool [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2012
  3. Ruthieharris

    Ruthieharris Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for that , didnt think they would but thought i'd ask. haha never get tired of watching them taking dirt baths , watching them when they were 2 weeks old was sooo adorable
     

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