Crossing the Road
Premium Feather Member
- Mar 8, 2014
the rain and mud wont hurt them, but after a long mud season I would think their feet would maybe have an issue--- I was just out there in mine and noticed the hens feet looked much cleaner since I put the straw down,Good Morning Washington BYC Peeps Since our nights up here are longer since we are now in winter for Washington. I Have a couple of questions that you all maybe able to help me with. We have a large chicken run that that our 4 girls use 19' x 10' x 8' tall we have put a tarp on the roof of the run and it comes down about halfway to the ground. But since we get so much rain its muddy in the run. We have straw and wood chips on the floor of the run to help with the mud. I try to keep it as dry as I can but still we have muddy floors. Is this Bad for our chickens??
Next question the Girls love to get out of the run of course but I am hesitant to let them free range in the rain, even the light rain. I get so worried about them.... when I do let them out in the misty rain they don't seam to mind the rain at all! And when it starts raining harder they do just run back to the chicken run or get under a bush but I still worried.
Any advise will be Much Appreciated if not for any other reason to just help my worried mind !!!!
I use to keep a tarp over the run, but it pooled up so much and the snow gets to heavy--I would constantly have to go out and knock off rain pools and heavy snow-- so I dont have a tarp this year.
if you normally let them free range, it is no different in the rain, I think -- mine dont run free
but they do huddle in the coop when the rain is to much, so, they know to take shelter