Return to the Farm Life Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Keeping chickens dry

Posted by runningtrails 5 (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 8, 09 at 8:41

My chickens and rooster don't have enough sense to come in out of the rain! It's far too cold here at night and on intermittent days for them to be wet. It was pouring rain yesterday and a few of them with the rooster were standing out in it. Half of them were soaking wet at bedtime so I turned on the heat lamp for them. It's just above freezing and raining a lot right now. Dipping into below freezing temps at night. Is this normal for chickens?

I had hoped that I could trust them to come into the coop in the rain so I could just open their coop pen door in the morning before work and leave it open all day, now that spring is almost here.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Keeping chickens dry

Goodness I can't stand micromanaging animals that don't have a lick of sense. We supply the basics & take it from there.

Sorry, rant over!

Cold & wet = sick as you know. Maybe they aren't wet down to the skin? If they were mine I'd lock them up & let them out when conditions were favorable. We're not big on chickens though so take my advise with a grain of salt.

I've stated many times they either make it or they don't on our farm. Either they are hardy or they are not, sooner or later the flock will become hardy. Then again we don't rely on them heavily like others may.
Brendasue


 o
RE: Keeping chickens dry

Mine go out in the rain and never get sick?? They rarely get soaked to the skin anyway.


 o
RE: Keeping chickens dry

My neighbor who grew up with chickens told me they have an oil gland right above their tails. Before it rains, if you watch them, you'll see them taking the oil from there with their beaks and spreading them on their feathers. It's supposed to help waterproof them.

That said, I've seen mine looking pretty wet when it rains but they never get sick. The only time I'd worry is if a sudden huge temperature change is predicted. If it's already cold when it starts raining they should know best. I've picked mine up when they were wet and it was freezing out and they feel like little hot-water bottles. I guess we need to remember they are wearing down coats.


 o
RE: Keeping chickens dry

OK, so they're fine. It's not really spring here permanently yet and is just barely above freezing. I guess they do know best. I worry a lot about everyone.


 o
RE: Keeping chickens dry

I read "soaking wet" as probably being wet down to the skin? If they are wet & cold below freezing, just like any animal they are suseptible to getting sick. Wet alone or cold alone isn't a problem, it's the combination that can become a problem.
Brendasue


 o
RE: Keeping chickens dry

whaaat you let your chickens get wet???

Here is a link that might be useful: you need this


 o
RE: Keeping chickens dry

My mother always said if it's going to rain all days the chickens will stay out in the rain if it's a quick shower they will run for cover.
lindag


 o
RE: Keeping chickens dry

So long as they have adult feathers and aren't molting they should have enough oil to handle a little water.


 o
RE: Keeping chickens dry

I'm relieved to hear all of this. They seem fine now so it didn't hurt them. They did not run for cover, some did.

lol@Msjayu2! Next time I'll tell them to use their unbrellas.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Farm Life Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here