Weatherman predicting 50+ mph winds - is it dangerous for chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ace6175, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. ace6175

    ace6175 Songster

    May 9, 2009
    They are predicting high winds for the next 2 days. Should I keep the chickens cooped up? We have a very large (50 x 100 ft) fenced area. Will they be safe? Are they smart enough to go in the coop or hide in the brush? We don't usually get wind like that for any length of time here.
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    High winds are the only reason I keep the chickens in the run. I worry that they'll either get hit by debris or turned into debris.

  3. Jenski

    Jenski Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    We've got winds coming here too - - over the weekend we put up some windbreaks on the windward side of the pens. We use rolls of plastic sheeting from Lowe's, cut to size and use a construction staple gun to put the sheets up. We are sure to leave a bit of space along the roof line for ventilation. Works great! You can also do this when it gets really, really cold in the winter, but if you do all sides you want to be very careful to have enough good ventilation.

    For very large spaces you could also stack hay bales.

    Hope that helps! Good luck.
  4. Ema

    Ema Songster

    Jun 4, 2010
    N. Ontario CANADA
    I am in ontario canada and they are calling for strong winds too. I am sure my hens will be fine in the run but I noticed today if they do not like the weather much they are happy just going inside the barn. It was a cold wet day here, and the hens stayed in most of the
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    We've been experiencing periods of very high winds for the last few days, not to mention a couple of tornados. [​IMG]

    This afternoon I went out to check on my two flocks and they were all huddled down in their favorite spots; the adult birds under a small tree in their yard and the babies under the hibiscus bush in our yard. Couldn't find my blue silkie baby Jethro for the longest time; searched everywhere. Then I lifted up one of my cornish X pullets and found Jethro under her wing. And they say silkies are dumb. [​IMG]
  6. swimmer

    swimmer Songster

    Aug 17, 2010
    We had a strong storm pass through last night. 4 inches of snow over night. Two days before the storm we had 50+ mph winds. The girls either went back to the coop or hid out under some shrubs. They were fine.
  7. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Greencastle, Indiana
    If they don't like the weather they will mostly likely get out of it. We've had some high winds as well and the birds don't seem to mind. I've noticed they like to just sit in the door way of their house....

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