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Will rain hurt chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jimz1, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. jimz1

    jimz1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2010
    Coleman, Wi
    My chickens were out in the rain yesterday. The coop and run were open for them to stay dry but they didn't want to go in. Don't they know enough to come in out of the rain?Do I have strange chickens or is it normal?
  2. Shannon33

    Shannon33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2010
    Eastern Shore, VA
    Mine stay in the rain too. I have about 3 that run for the coop when it starts but the rest don't seem to care. Never had any problems with them getting wet. either. Either it's normal or we both have weirdos, lol.
  3. kalik

    kalik New Egg

    Jun 20, 2011
    Normal - mine will stay out until they are drenched! As long as you don't have silkies (their feathers aren't water resistant) they should be fine [​IMG]
  4. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

    Dec 2, 2009
    They aren't made of sugar, a little rain won't hurt em' [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2011
  5. 6chickens in St. Charles

    6chickens in St. Charles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    St. Charles, IL
    Our chickens love the rain. In the early spring, I did dry them off with a heat lamp so they wouldn't freeze overnight when the temp dipped back to freezing. Ours also get a bath and blowdry once in a while. Our silkies have come asking for baths. I think some breeds actually look forward to water. But don't they look FUNNY when their whole face shows under the wet feathers?

    Chloe looks like a little T-Rex after she's drenched in the rain:
  6. stargirl

    stargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    Mine never seem to care about the rain - I wish they would! A few times we've had giant storms and they've just been wandering around the garden until I've ran out and sheperded them inside!
  7. Hinotori

    Hinotori Silver Feathers Premium Member

    Apr 27, 2011
    Graham, WA
    My EEs and silkies will stay out in light rain. They only go in if it starts raining heavy. It's been a long wet spring here so they assume that if you want out in the grass you deal with the rain. The silkies stay out in it the longest. I think it's cause the rain spikes their head poofs so they can actually see. Their backs mat a little but their skin under is usually dry.
  8. April's Chicken Ranch

    April's Chicken Ranch Out Of The Brooder

    May 11, 2011
    Willow River BC
    My silly girls LOVE the rain! If I try to shoo them in I get a good run around the yard! LOl
  9. nuchickontheblock

    nuchickontheblock Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2010
    south portland, maine
    Mine seem to love to run around in the rain - when they do go in they kind of shake themselves off and fluff themselves up. They always seem dry under their outer feathers.
  10. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2010
    Marshfield, Ma.
    My chickens do rain dances, [​IMG] ,nothing brings those protein filled earthworms out of the ground like raindrops. Thats the best time to be hunting!! Heard one whistling RAIN,RAIN, RAIN by CCR the other day.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2011

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