Worried 2 of my girls are gonna get sick from standing in the rain.

Teresaann24

Songster
11 Years
Jul 29, 2008
3,923
15
224
Eastern, Kentucky
I have 2 hens who LOVE to stand in the rain. For the past 2 days thats all it has done here is rain. Been in the 50's through the day and in the upper 40's at night. I am worried they are gonna get sick. They will just stand there in the pouring rain eating and scratching for food. Pay not mind to the down pours. I mean lastnight when I made them go in they was soaked. I am worried they are possibly gonna get sick. Can I add some Antibotics to their water to help incase they get a chill??
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,906
247
421
SW Arkansas
Teresaann,
Are your chickens naturally acclimated to the temps. or do you heat your coop?
I wouldn't worry if I was you. It just finished stopped raining after raining for four straight days here. Temps. were mostly 40s and 50s. My chickens played in it every day, just like they did when we had ice storms last month.
No one is the worse for wear.
Today they are enjoying 70 degrees and SUNSHINE at last!
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,906
247
421
SW Arkansas
Quote:I used to be too. Then the longer I had the little vultures the more resilent I saw they were.
During the first ice storm of the year I swore I wasn't going to let them out. Then I looked out the front window and saw tiny little finches playing in it. I figured if they could, then my 8 lb. hens could as well. So far so good.
 
Last edited:

Chickenmaven

Songster
10 Years
Feb 6, 2009
2,064
12
181
Michigan
I would keep an eye on Silkies in temps below 40F. Otherwise, they will not do themselves harm. Here in Michigan, we had a very cool summer last year. Some of my girls were quite young & amazed me with what they would tolerate. Then we transitioned into a terrible, seemingly unending winter and my hens were out in snow & sleet.
Doan't worry so much. Chicks are tough!
 

Alley

Songster
11 Years
Oct 23, 2008
153
72
181
Eureka, California
No fear! I live where it rains as much as 35 inches a year and both of my girls stand in the rain on a daily basis and have never gotten sick from it! In fact, it's raining right now and they are out scratching in the dirt!
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom