Wet chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by erik67, Oct 30, 2015.

  1. erik67

    erik67 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 11, 2015
    Mabank tx
    I live in east Texas it's been raining so much there is some flooding but not in my yard just wet I let my chikens free range during the day they have been getting wet is that ok? It's in the 60s and 50s will they get sick
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  2. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2013
    Kalispell MT
    Chickens are smarter than most people think. If they are not comfortable they will go find a place that is comfortable. If they are wet and cold they know where their coop is. My girls have been out in the rain for 2 days now. The oil on their feathers is keeping them dry. They don't mind it at all. The other morning it was freezing. They decided to go wading in the shallow pan of water I have in their run. They had to crack the thin covering of ice first. The cold water didn't bother them.

    As long as they have a dry place they can go to you probably shouldn't worry about them.
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Completely agree - my chickens mess around outside in even the heaviest downpours. They end up looking like drowned rats, but they don't seem to mind at all!
  4. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 14, 2015
    Northern Colorado
    I'm sure yours will be fine; they actually seem to enjoy a little shower sometimes :)

    I do, however, have to warn thise in northern areas, like myself, that if they do get wet during the day, and you expect frost at night, they may succumb to frostbite easier, especially feather footed breeds, and surprisingly, EEs with beards can look pretty miserable with icy faces :(

    Just a heads up to make sure they are protected but with good ventilation if they do go to bed wet and you expect temps below 30. ;)
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2015

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