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Too Much Wind?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Breifne, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. Breifne

    Breifne In the Brooder

    Nov 23, 2011
    Connemara, Ireland
    We live in Connemara in the west of Ireland. Our property backs looks out onto the Atlantic Ocean, and we regularly have intense wind. It isn't unusual to have gusts up to 130 km/h (85 mph). As we're new to the idea of chickens (don't have any yet), I was wondering if it may be too windy here for them. We do have some berms and stone walls on our land that may be better places for their coop, but is it dangerous / hazardous for them to be out free ranging in the stiff winds we get on a regular basis?

  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I don't think the wind itself is dangerous.
    When I get high winds, like over 50 mph, I keep the chickens in their run. I don't want them getting hit by the flying debris, or getting caught by the wind and turning into flying debris.

  3. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Songster

    Nov 2, 2009
    North Texas
  4. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    I think they will be fine! Plant some evergreens here and there and its a good windbreaker. Stone walls are fine too.
  5. N&MSchroeder

    N&MSchroeder Songster

    Feb 4, 2011
    SE Idaho
    We get wind here, sometimes 60+ mph gusts. On days when we have sustained winds of 25-35 mph, my chickens will stay in the coop or hang around under the trees for protection. They do not like the wind! Your chickens should be fine if they have some kind of wind break.
  6. TheJuan-n-Only

    TheJuan-n-Only Songster

    Sep 10, 2010
    I was so worried about everything before I actually got my little flock. I did tons of research and made everything base on what I thought it would be best for the girls. Well now that they are older I have found out that they are very good at knowing what they need/like and when they need it.


    - My flock roost in the run (I have an open coop/run combo) most night, however, when is too cold for then or too windy they go inside the coop to sleep. (they actually splet inside last night)

    - When is too windy they go under coop and wait it out there

    - 4 out of 5 girls hate the rain so they stay in the coop when is raining, the other must be part duck...because she loves the rain! lol...you figure that one out!

    I recomend you provide places for them to go into when they feel they needed....they should be fine!
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Strategically located wind breaks some with feeding stations should enable them to prosper. Well feathered breeds should tolerate wind chill better. Higher wind will increase feed needs somewhat.

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