but sometimes it takes a minute to figure out why they do the things they do. We've been getting a lot of rain here the past week or so. Instead of leaving my birds stuck in the brooder all day being stinky, I rigged up a tarp over part of their run so they could still be outside. The problem is, when it rains, instead of hanging out under the tarp they all go to the opposite corner of the run and huddle together looking wet and miserable. I would go out and herd them under the tarp and say, "See? It's not raining in here, it's nice! And your food and water is under here! Stay under here while it's raining." Then I'd go back inside. Looking out a few minutes later, I'd see them huddled in the corner again, soaking wet. I'd heard them under the tarp again, and so on. Eventually i decided to crouch under the tarp with them for a while, letting them eat out of my hand. "See? It's nice and dry under here, you dummies." The wind blew just a little, and the tarp wiggled and flapped. The birds looked around nervously. It happened again, and they scattered and ran away to huddle in the far corner of the run. They aren't too dumb to get out of the rain, they just think the tarp is going to kill and eat them.