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Wet pullets - how do I make my chickens smarter??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cream City Chick, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. Cream City Chick

    Cream City Chick In the Brooder

    May 28, 2010
    I posted about a week ago about transitioning my two 8 week old Easter Egger pullets from the basement to outside (https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=590418)

    They were doing ok, seemed to be tolerating the cold, active, eating / drinking... They did seem to favor the front corner of their run and would hang out there most of the time. The run is 8ft long / 4ft wide. About 5 feet of it is covered w a tarp to protect from the rain.

    I got home tonight and went to put them up in the roost (they havent figured that part out yet) and close them in for the night. There they were SOAKING WET huddled in the front corner. So, I brought them in the basement to spend the night. It is 45 degrees out now and probably will get down to high 30's so I didnt want to leave them outside to get even more chilled.

    My other chickens never had a problem figuring this out. These two girls run around scratching and playing in all parts of their run all day so I dont think they are spooked by anything under the tarp.

    So here are my question:

    How do I "teach" them to go under the cover when it rains?
    Should I try to dry them off? The basement is about 65 degrees.

    Thanks for any suggestions.

  2. atomic_chicken

    atomic_chicken In the Brooder

    Aug 21, 2011
    B.C. Canada
    I would cover the whole run if possible. Cold is one thing but cold AND wet is a real problem!
    A dry run will help keep the smells down as well.
  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    EE's aint the smartest birds IMHO LOL. too much mix blood, kinda like a blonde joke.
  4. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    Our chickens love the rain. [​IMG] I think it's good for them too, it's usually so darn hot that they're practically collapsing under their own weight, although that might just be because we're in Australia [​IMG]
    In the winter, they still like to get themselves as wet as possible. We've never really seen any need to dry them off, they go in to sleep at night and by morning there's not a drop left on them. [​IMG]
  5. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    My Orps were out there last winter in the 40 degree weather and rain, soaking wet. Didn't hurt them at all.
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Show a picture of setup. Juvenile birds in your area will need to use cover from elements during rain / snow events when temperature is low.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2011
  7. Cream City Chick

    Cream City Chick In the Brooder

    May 28, 2010
    Thanks everyone. I am going to try to find a clear plastic sheeting cover for the uncovered portion of the run as I still want them to get some sunlight.

    Leaving for work now - will try to post a picture this evening.

    Thanks again!!

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