Do your chickens like the rain?

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Do your chickens like the rain?

Post by labradors » Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:50 pm

Mine like to be outside and their run looks like a mudquire. They look like drowned er chickens!!!!


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Re: Do your chickens like the rain?

Post by Killerbunny » Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:59 pm

All except the wyandottes, they are far too superior to sully their precious feathers. Turkeys and other chickens are right out there eating the nearly ready peas!!!!
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Re: Do your chickens like the rain?

Post by kenya » Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:24 pm

No! They hate it!

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Re: Do your chickens like the rain?

Post by Happy » Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:57 pm

Mine run for the overhang on the deck and lounge where it's dry. They don't like being caught in there coop so if rain starts they book it for the house lol

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Post by WLLady » Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:03 pm

first spits and the chickens are flying for cover. the turkeys would stay out in gale force winds and sleet i swear......they don't care. just like the horses.
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Re: Do your chickens like the rain?

Post by JimW » Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:43 pm

My chickens don't seem to mind the rain too much, they will go in and out of cover. My turkeys are back to being a mud covered mess after finally looking relatively lean for a few days.

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Re: Do your chickens like the rain?

Post by Ontario Chick » Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:52 am

Nobody stays out in the rain here, the Ameraucanas go either under cover or inside, the Wyadottes get herded in by Mactawish at first sight of a small cloud on the horizon, ;)
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Re: Do your chickens like the rain?

Post by windwalkingwolf » Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:39 pm

Some don't go out at all, but most do, unless it's a torrential downpour. The turkeys will go out in any weather, some will forage and some will just stand in it looking miserable lol

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Re: Do your chickens like the rain?

Post by G Williams » Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:14 am

Heavy down-pour, NO. Light rainfall all day there OK with.

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Re: Do your chickens like the rain?

Post by KimChick » Tue May 29, 2018 9:20 am

Same with mine - they take cover in a heavy rain, but most carry on as usual when there is light rainfall - mud and all.
I have even put a dish on the ground to catch rain from their coop roof.
To digress.... Plus, they prefer to drink spilled, muddy water and rainwater than water from the founts. Even if the spilled water is that which I have dumped from the fount after swishing out the dirt.
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