Stupid chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Happy Chooks, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    We have our first big rain storm and I went out to check on the chickens. They look like drowned rats.......totally wet. They have a nice, cozy, warm coop and they are standing outside in the rain. The only one that wasn't wet was my light brahma - she was in the nesting box.

    Stupid chickens.[​IMG]
  2. Ladyhawke1

    Ladyhawke1 Songster

    Hey they aren't stupid.....everyone loves a "little" rain once in a while. [​IMG]

    Here in Southern California we are still waiting for the "big" storm. It will be my girlÂ’s first rain. My coop is temporary and I have tried to cover it. They are out right now and I think they will probably stay out in the rain during the day because they have trees and other things to get under. It is night time that I worry about. I have elevated the nest boxes and the little dog house. The four of them usually cram themselves into that. They are big girls. I am keeping my fingers crossed. [​IMG]
  3. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    The storm hit us last night. Well, not really a storm..... About an inch of water in some puddles! The chickens are staying in.
  4. Chew593

    Chew593 Songster

    Same here Kelly! We're just north of Sacramento near Yuba City and it's dumping rain here. My poor chickens are out there soaking wet with a big clean coop waiting all nice and warm for em... but noooooo....
    I prefer to call them 'dim' as I have a 3 year old that repeats everything that I say. [​IMG]
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Quote:Okay then they are intelligence limited. [​IMG]

    Yes, it is dumping rain, and the wind is really strong. (outside Auburn here) I thought for sure they'd be in the coop, but NOPE.
  6. Ladyhawke1

    Ladyhawke1 Songster

    My "DIM" chickens better stay dry! [​IMG]

    They keep coming to the back door and I am beginning to feel sorry for them. I have thought of putting a wee couch in the kitchen for them to lounge on. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2009
  7. rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Songster

    Aug 19, 2009
    Cut Off, LA
    Sometimes when it rains here, my kids worry themselves about the chickens, but I just leave them alone. Even if I go to the coop with grain to call them in, I won't be successful with getting all of them in and they just keep on scratching and pecking at bugs and wet grass, totally ignoring the shower falling on them. If its not dangerously cold, as it will be in a few months, I would just leave them alone. Maybe they could use a good washing anyway.
  8. carriehelene

    carriehelene Songster

    Feb 9, 2009
    Capital Region NY
    Sorry, I have to agree with New2Chooks on this one, they really aren't very bright. We had a hail storm this summer, and my chickens just stood there looking up at the sky. I could just hear them "The sky is falling, the sky is falling". Everything else went running for cover, heck even the fish in the pond swam to the bottom. Yup, they are stupid chickens.
  9. foweler

    foweler Songster

    Mar 10, 2009
    Chico, CA
    My girls didn't come running out this morning like they usually do. I had tarped over the run so well that it was still dark in the coop. I had to plug in their light.

    They came out later but spent most of their time on the covered porch. That's where they hang out half the time normally.
    I did have to wash the tracked in cecal poop from my Light Brahma's foot. She was tracking it everywhere.
    After hosing her foot off I put her back in the coop under the 100W ceramic heat lamp. I know, I'm spoiling them.

    I've got them all in the coop right now but 2 are in the nests. I put the RIR in last (flapping so hard she whacked the heat lamp I was trying to put her under) and she started singing the egg song after a few minutes. She just stopped actually. Better go collect eggs [​IMG]

    I really need t rethink my coop-run tarping strategy. I have saggy spots that are filling up really fast. I have went out and dumped them twice already. I need something to provide a firm slope to drain the water as it comes in.

    Sure do love getting the rain though.
  10. Ladyhawke1

    Ladyhawke1 Songster

    Quote:I have been playing with the idea of that see through plastic corrugated patio roof stuff. I think it comes in 10 to 12 foot lengths. I want to make it tilt away from the house.

    Since I am on my own, I need something light weight. It will let the light in and it will have to be anchored. It is a work in progress. [​IMG]

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