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Who has chickens that play in the snow?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mommissan, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. mommissan

    mommissan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not me! We got eight inches of the white stuff last night. I opened up the coop door this morning and NOBODY ventured out. DH told me when I got home from work that only one "flew the coop" and PLOP, landed in the snow. She sat there for almost 2 hours before he felt sorry for her and went in the run to save her. She saw him coming and plowed her way through the snow back to the coop. They all stood in the doorway all day and stared at the snow.

    Does anyone have any chickens that LOVE snow?
     
  2. Uniontown Poultry

    Uniontown Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine don't adore it but they come to tolerate it, then accept it like business as usual. The first dusting throws them a bit, and the first real fall plumb freaks them out. They crowd at the coop door, looking out, venturing forth only about a foot or two, to eat the snow and return to the coop. Once, after a big overnight fall, my bantam roo flew out over everyone's heads, only to disappear completely when he landed. I scooped him out & rescued him. I am a big softie, and when there's a big fall, I will shovel little paths for them. When they can more in the snow, then they go back to their normal behavior pretty quickly.
     
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I too will shovel paths for mine. Mine will venture out if it's just a dusting, but avoid it if it's a "real" snow. Who can blame them?
     
  4. mommissan

    mommissan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I shoveled a path when I got home. Maybe I should get little snowshoes for them? Ping pong paddles?
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    My games and red jungle fowl do not seem to like it but will get out in it anyway for food. They flying tendencies are all also maximal when snow is four inches or greater. My birds will fly a couple hundred feet from point to point to avoid walking through snow. Before snow hits I train birds that straw bailes demark feeding stations. When the snow hits, the birds fly from bail to bail during course of day for food.
     
  6. chickenbythesea

    chickenbythesea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we haven't let our birds out... I was told that they'd get frost bite on their feet. Am I supposed to let them out? Mine are all just 6 months so they've never seen the white stuff before: if I'm going to let them out I want to be able to watch their reactions. [​IMG]
     
  7. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    we got 8-10 inches the other day and I always open the doors for them to go out---at night when I lock up..not 1 footprint in the snow! I shoveled pathways right down to the ground the next day-and moved their food and water outside-they run to the food and water and high tail it back in!
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I give mine the choice, every single day, no matter the weather. They choose to be out.

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  9. mommissan

    mommissan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, snow scraped to the ground, grass exposed, thanks to my snow removal crew; ages 7 & 9 and their little shovels (if I asked them to shovel the walkway for me, you think they would? Hmmph!). NOBODY came out. So, I booted them all out of the coop so I could turn their litter. Well, my best girl walked over me to get back in. They all piled back in as soon as I got out of the way. All the gates are open, and no takers. I think I saw flight tickets to Florida in one of the nest boxes...... hmmmmm

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! [​IMG]
     
  10. lcammack

    lcammack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gritsar, that is a beautiful hen. What kind is she?
     

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