What do you do to keep your chickens dry????

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by stephanie munson, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. stephanie munson

    stephanie munson Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey there Washingtonians !!! Those of you in or around SW Washington what are you doing to keep your ladies dry? Mine look as though they have been through a car wash,they have an area to get out of the rain/weather,however they choose not to use it.I am wondering do they even know to ge out of the rain.maybe I'll add a tarp or two.......... we'll look just like occupy Portland
     
  2. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Provide a dry, sheltered area and it is up to those dummies to use it.

    If they have never used it (it is new, or they are new) then you can try putting treats in it for them.
     
  3. LilQtBear

    LilQtBear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haven't seen portland..but have heard.......but I live near eugene...so I hear ya...
    Mine have a big barn to go it....but they all look pretty ruff....they still spend most there day outside...unles its real windy or heavy rain then they find a bush/tree or spend time roaming the barn
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    We have entered our rainy season here in Arkansas. My chickens have dry coops to go into at night or at any time during the day when and if they get sick and tired of the rain. They get pretty wet during the day, but dry overnight.

    Give them the choice, but I think you'll find that most of the time they don't mind the rain.

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  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I have a roof on my run, but in the winter, I do put some plastic up to help with the freezing cold winds we have here in Ohio. My flock still goes out in the rain. It's raining today, in fact. They just DO NOT like to be cooped up.
     
  6. johnsons-r-us

    johnsons-r-us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I let mine choose....they can go in the coop or free range. They can also go under shrubs and such. I figure they will do whatever they want and if it doesn't bother them to be wet I don't mind.
     
  7. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:How do you tell if it's about to rain in Oregon?
    Hold out your hand- if it gets wet, it's raining. If it doesn't get wet, it's about to rain. [​IMG]

    My run is fully enclosed to protect from predators, including those from above (hawks, flying raccoons, etc.) Most of the roof is built with corrugated transparent fiberglass panels. I got them at Lowes or Home Depot, about $14 for a 2 foot x 8 foot panel. Gives them lots of sunlight, and keeps them dry.

    Mine isn't as nice as this one from Big Red's BYC page , but it's the same idea.
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  8. TheSpiceGirls

    TheSpiceGirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:How do you tell if it's about to rain in Oregon?
    Hold out your hand- if it gets wet, it's raining. If it doesn't get wet, it's about to rain. [​IMG]

    My run is fully enclosed to protect from predators, including those from above (hawks, flying raccoons, etc.) Most of the roof is built with corrugated transparent fiberglass panels. I got them at Lowes or Home Depot, about $14 for a 2 foot x 8 foot panel. Gives them lots of sunlight, and keeps them dry.

    Mine isn't as nice as this one from Big Red's BYC page , but it's the same idea.
    http://i649.photobucket.com/albums/uu219/Drastikal/Picture042-1.jpg

    Ooo, this is super nice. I have half my run covered in corrugated sheets like this. I have clear ones for this time of the year. And in the summer we lay the metal ones over the top to give them extra shade. I keep their food, water and big dust bathing holes under the protected area of the run. There are a few logs for them to perch on too.

    And if it's raining or going to rain, I'll sprinkle seeds in the dry area.

    The other area has a thick layer of leaves to keep it from getting muddy. And now that we've done this for 14 months, the old leaves have broken down and so they are not directly on the mud. But there's a layer of composted material and more leaves on top.
     
  9. WestfarthingHomestead

    WestfarthingHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I raise their floor so there's run-off and also cover it was straw or dried Autumn leaves.[​IMG]
     
  10. WestfarthingHomestead

    WestfarthingHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, I also threw a tarp over the roof.
     

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