Snow and chicken reactions

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GottaLuvChicks, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. GottaLuvChicks

    GottaLuvChicks In the Brooder

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dillsburg, PA
    So this is the first real snow this year for us (even if it is only about 2 inches), and I am finding some VERY funny reactions from the 2 flocks. The Polish flock of 5 have been out and about all morning, mostly huddling up in a corner, but still OUT and not caring much about the snow. Now, the BR girls (10 of them) have yet to walk outside the coop! They are the ones with the big bodies and feathers, and yet THEY are having the same reaction I am (I HATE snow). The Maran roo who lives with the BR girls has done his daily escape from the pen and is hanging out around the Polish pen (as usual). I just find it funny how the big girls are basically saying "forget this" while the showy ones are out playing in it. Gotta love chickens!!
  2. puredelite

    puredelite Songster

    A few of my chickens might venture out of the coop for a few minutes but for the most part all of them hate snow and prefer to just sit on the roost keeping their feet warm except for eating and drinking . Can't blame them tho, I don't enjoy walking around outside barefooted in the snow at all! In fact snowing here right now, guess I'll just put another log on the fire...[​IMG]
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Some of problem may be visual as well. The birds may feel exposed when out on it. Mine flutter quickly over snow to cover even when it relatively warm.
  4. Mak

    Mak Songster

    Dec 12, 2009
    Londonderry, NH
    Started snowing a while ago here and they all dived back into the coop! The rooster has been standing halfway out the pop door on the top of the ramp, watching. I think he's waiting for it to stop! If he's waiting for it to all go away, he's gonna have loooooong wait, I'm afraid. [​IMG]
  5. clairabean

    clairabean Songster

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    We get lots of snow here. From October to end of March, usually. We built an overhang in the run for the chickens to get out a bit withuot having to get in a snowbank. We call it their 'porch'.[​IMG]

    They will not walk in the snow.
  6. ladybug99

    ladybug99 Songster

    Aug 10, 2010
    Monroe New Jersey
    We received about three feet the day after Christmas....we dug them a small area in the run..they were out for a few minutes and then ran back in...snowed yesterday they would not even go near the door.. guess they will be in for the rest of the winter LOL.. I think thier feet get cold really fast and if they don't have to be in the snow they run for cover...

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