Gosh, are chickens hydrophilic or something? It has been unusually warm here, and also unusually rainy (usually it is cold and snowy, heh). All this rain means it is sloppy and muddy outside. Because my chickens really get a kick out of free ranging, I've been letting them take advantage of not trudging through feet of snow. But last I checked on them, they were happily scratching through the compost heap and are completely soaked. Like, as if they jumped in a bathtub and got scrubbed soaked. Whenever they were out in light drizzle, it seemed as if their feathers repelled water. I am guessing their feathers finally reached saturation? Anyway, tonight the temperature is supposed to get down below freezing again. Low is 18. Their coop isn't heated, but considering how saturated they are, I am considering for one night, putting out extension cords with a heat lamp out there. Should I? I don't think one night will cause dependence, but if they can't dry off their feathers quick enough once they go to bed (the only time they actually go in the dry coop), I think I have some frosted chooks tomorrow morning.