Wet hen on a cold night

newchck

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My hen, Big Girl got her face / beard quite wet in the first snow today. I tried drying her off but couldn't get it dried very well. It is supposed to be about 26 degrees tonight. Will she be okay? She can cuddle up with the 4 others in the coop but I am still worried about her. (first winter with chickens if you can't tell) :)
 

WindingRoad

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My hen, Big Girl got her face / beard quite wet in the first snow today. I tried drying her off but couldn't get it dried very well. It is supposed to be about 26 degrees tonight. Will she be okay? She can cuddle up with the 4 others in the coop but I am still worried about her. (first winter with chickens if you can't tell) :)
You need to take this bird inside and use a hairdryer to get her TOTALLY dry. A wet hen is at risk for frostbite.
 

newchck

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Apr 20, 2020
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You need to take this bird inside and use a hairdryer to get her TOTALLY dry. A wet hen is at risk for frostbite.
okay,thanks! I was worried that the stress of the hairdryer would make her more susceptible to illness . I will do this once my husband gets home.
 

newchck

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I agree that a hair dryer isn't so stressful for them. I've done it multiple times with ease. (Watch out for.them pooping inside though) :barnie
my husband is going to love this (not) lol! They have never pooed on me, but as babies they pooped on him daily :lau Luckily it is his favorite chicken :)
 

newchck

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She is not even close to this wet today, but this was her not too long ago when the weather was warmer. She loves the rain :gigI think she must just dunk her face into puddles, we are working on getting our run covered.
 

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