Wet silkies at bedtime! Will they be OK?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by The Fairy Godmartyr, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. The Fairy Godmartyr

    The Fairy Godmartyr Songster

    Aug 7, 2010
    I just went out to close up the coop for the night. Almost everyone was already roosting. My concern is that, since it just finished raining (and my silkies aren't at all bothered by the rain) all three of my silkies are soaked--especially my little hen. [​IMG] It is currently about 40* F, but it is supposed to get down to about 26* tonight. Since they tend to snuggle in so close, I'm not sure if they'll really dry out before the temperature drops below freezing. I went ahead and threw some BOSS in to try to get everyone moving about (which got at least two of the silkies up, including that soaked hen).

    Should I be worried?

  2. Tartannik

    Tartannik Songster

    Mar 21, 2009
    Wet Argyll, Scotland
    As I live in a very wet part of Scotland my silkies go to bed wet quite alot and it doesnt seem to do them any harm!!
  3. It has been raining alot here lately, and my Silkies dont mind the rain either. [​IMG] It gets below freezing too... ALOT after it rains, but I have never had any problems with them being wet. They have a pretty high body temp, so I wouldn't worry! [​IMG]
  4. Frannabelle

    Frannabelle Songster

    Jun 1, 2009
    My silkie was soaked through at bedtime, I put the ceramic heat lamp on to dry her out. She loves being out in the weather though, her cochin sisters won't come out in it

  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Call me crazy, but whenever my silkies get wet and looked like drowned rats, I give them a towel drying before bed. I'm sure they could do fine without it and our nighttime temps. are in the 20s, but it makes me feel better.
  6. I worry too much, I guess. If mine are wet and it's going to be under 45, I either blow them mostly dry or put the heat lamp on them in the coop.
  7. The Fairy Godmartyr

    The Fairy Godmartyr Songster

    Aug 7, 2010
    I couldn't take it anymore. Over two hours after I put them up, and she didn't seem any drier than before. SOOOO...I brought her in and blow dried her.


    That was the sound of me hitting a new low. [​IMG]

  8. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    When it gets down to freezing, all my chickies get a 100 watt bulb in the coop. Wet or not.
  9. Quote:Good chicken mama!! [​IMG]

  10. dreamcatcherarabians

    dreamcatcherarabians Songster

    Jul 29, 2010
    Quote:LOL, no that was the sound of LOVE! I blow dry my wet hens too. For one thing, they seem to love it and I find it relaxing, so why not? [​IMG] Actually, I like to wrap them in a nice thick towel to soak up the excess and let them sit on my knee while I read a forum and they dry. Then I finish drying with the blow dryer. Chicken bonding time, HAH!
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2011

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