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Not waking up to it doesn't help either. The first time my chickens saw snow, it fell slowly and gradually over the course of the day. It slowly covered the exposed parts of the run, and I could see the chickens retreating further and further into the covered area. The snow really picked up at one point, leaving only a small corner of the run about 5x5 feet that was completely snow-free. All 5 chickens were crowded in that area, in the corner farthest from the snow, and not a single footprint on the snow even when it barely covered the ground! Of course, it was still a big change for them, but it was a very gradual change that I thought they'd get accustomed to over the course of the day. I thought it would be less traumatic than suddenly seeing everything white when they walk out the door. But nope... They pouted in that corner until I threw a bag of leaves on top of the snow. Then they were fine. They are very familiar with snow now but still refuse to set foot on it. The most they'll do is stand on the edge of the dry area (or on the leaves), stretch their necks out to reach the snow and eat it!Waking up to a strange white world is a big change. It usually takes two or thee days for chickens that wake up to a strange white world to venture out into it.