what do chickens do when it rains?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lablover, May 30, 2012.

  1. lablover

    lablover Songster

    Apr 7, 2012
    If I don't lock them up in the coop/run before it rains, will they go in to get dry, or stay out in it? They're between 6 and 9 weeks old right now, and the temps would be in the upper 70's if it rained. Would the chicks be okay if they got really wet, or would I need to put them in the coop?
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    This depends on how young they are. If they're already running in and out of the coop, and they put themselves to bed at night, then they will probably seek shelter from the rain on their own.

    Sometimes chickens aren't the brightest bulbs in the pack though, and they might stand around and get wet. This shouldn't hurt them as long as it's not cold out.

    My adult birds free range, rain or shine in the summer. Sometimes they run around in the rain, and they seem to be fine.
  3. Magpie31

    Magpie31 In the Brooder

    Mar 20, 2011
    Sioux Falls, SD
    I just got started pullets last week (my first chicken experience). They figured out pretty quickly to go in and out of the coop for bed, but the thunderstorm yesterday confused them. I went out and shooed them up into the coop, but not before I had four soggy, crabby looking chickens. I had to laugh; they were sitting in the coop, all puffed up and trying to dry out, spread waaay apart from each other, like they just wanted to be left alone. [​IMG]
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  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    My d'uccle screams and throws temper tantrums if it rains on her. She is so funny. She throws tantrums if you touch her foot feathers as well.

    I keep mine in the run and coop. My run has a roof and a side panel to keep wind, rain and snow out. It works well. If its sprinkling, I let them run free. They are so much happier free ranging then locked up.

    I lock mine up when I leave also. I need to find my lock, so no one can get inside the run when I'm gone.
  5. Chickiemom25

    Chickiemom25 Songster

    May 13, 2011
    North Alabama
    I have really dim bulbs.. They stand around getting soaked all the way to the skin. I didn't let the younger ones out during the day until I felt they had some waterproofing in their feathers, not that any of my hens appear waterproof when dripping wet in the rain. We have rather mild temps here so I don't worry to much. They have shelter if they choose to use it.
  6. It's a chilly 70 degrees, and a rainy day here in the mountains of NC. I'm sitting here on my front porch swing with my laptop and watching those 3 silly birds standing in the pouring rain. They have 1/2 their run covered with a nice, unleaking tarp and the coop door is wide open for them to go into if they so desire.

    They shake off the rain every now and again, the rooster is starting to crow, and they look like a bunch of drowned rats. But they're loving it.....my little goofballs.
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2012
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Rain is okay, but the hose is an evil monster.

    Mine will stand out and get soaked and look really pathetic. They only go in if it's really windy.
  8. n8ivetxn

    n8ivetxn Songster

    Nov 15, 2011
    Elma, Washington
    Mine have shelter when / if they need it.... Sometimes they stay out in it for a bit and then go under the barn to dry out...
  9. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

    Apr 12, 2012
    Kentucky Heartland
    My flock consist of fourteen 8-10 week old chickens and this just happaned a few days ago. They were out in the run area and a storm came up, Lots of thunder and lightening in the distance. They still remained in the run picking grass until it started raining. As soon as the rain came they ran, well more like flew back into the coop! [​IMG] Mine seem to prefer staying dry.
  10. lablover

    lablover Songster

    Apr 7, 2012
    Well, when it got dark outside right before the rain, they had the right idea and got under a doghouse. They don't exactly want to get wet, but they want they're freedom!

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