T-storms? Urgent!

dermerchickens

Chirping
5 Years
Feb 27, 2014
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Culpeper, Va
My chicks are outside, they are six weeks old, and they have a coop. It is their first T-storm. Should I bring them in or something? Really LOUD thunder and bright lighting, so it is close, and I don't want them to die of shock or something else. I know that sounds crazy but.... I love them! Please help soon!!!
 

azygous

Crossing the Road
10 Years
Dec 11, 2009
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Colorado Rockies
People automatically assume chickens are afraid of loud noises since just about everything else frightens them. Let me state this emphatically - loud noises do not phase chickens, whether baby chicks or adults, in the least!

They may be slightly startled if you make a sudden loud noise right next to them, but it won't frighten them to death! And after that first loud clap of thunder, all the rest will be ignored by your chicks as though it wasn't even happening.

It has to do with their instincts as to what represents danger. Things from the sky, any object suddenly appearing in their near vicinity that they don't recognize, strange people or animals, all these scare chickens. But bring a shop vac into the coop, leave it until they get used to its newness, then turn it on. They will not even react, or if they do, it will be almost insignificant. I have a Dirt Devil hand vac that is as loud as anything. I can use it right under a hen's beak, and she won't even flinch.

So relax. A little thunder is nothing to your chicks.
 
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