Water in the chicken yard. Should I let them out?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by briana1975, May 14, 2009.

  1. briana1975

    briana1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    We got about 1" of rain in about 4-5 hours. My chicken yard is half flooded! I am still learning here but I do know chickens do not like to get wet. They are 6weeks old and have been going out for 1/2 a day for a week now. Mornings are still cold. There is some area not under water, but will they know enough to stay on it? Or should I just keep them in till it all dries out?
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2009
  2. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    Briana....
    just open the pop door and they'll venture out where they feel comfortable.

    it's okay for them to get into a little water and they will even stand out in a drizzle.

    just like anything else, keep an eye out and if you don't feel comfortable with what they are doing, then you can always shoo them back in.
     
  3. briana1975

    briana1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    Thanks! That was kinda what I thought but, just wanted to check with people that have been doing this awile.
     
  4. SunAngel

    SunAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    Chambersburg, Pa.
    I let mine out this morning. It was wet here too, from a few showers. A few minutes later we got slammed with a thunderstorm and downpours. I haven't gone out to check, but I am hoping all the chickens, young and old, ran back in their coops for shelter.
     
  5. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    Quote:you're welcome. it's a trial and error thing with poultry.

    you've raised to smart and caring young boys. you can handle poultry with ease. [​IMG]
     
  6. briana1975

    briana1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    Oh! My Goodness! Just got the kids down for naps and went to let the chickens into their yard. It was a mad dash to get out! Pushing, squawking, turkeys stepping on the chickens. It was funny. They are jumping and flying over the areas full of water. I will not let them out again due to water or rain. They are smarter than they let on.
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2009
  7. Bard's Rock!

    Bard's Rock! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jun 13, 2008
    Indiana
    We have a low area along our southide. My chickens wade in the water and prefer drinking that to the city water I put in their waterers.

    Oh, just remove their socks so they don't get them wet. [​IMG]
     

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