Most chickens have enough sense to get out of the wind/rain before they get too wet. If it’s warm out, and it’s just raining hard, there is no cause for concern.
While I was writing we ran into the query “Can chicks get wet in the rain?”.
Chickens are far removed from ducks and some other birds when it comes to being out in the rain and getting wet. A lot of chickens will seek shelter when it’s raining, and it’s generally better for them if they do as they can get sick if they get too cold.
Repeatedly being exposed to rain without the opportunity to dry off can and will over time lead to respiratory issues and fungal infections of the feathers. Usually the fungus will go un-noticed as it will form at the base of the feather follicle.
How do chickens do in the rain?
Chickens regulate themselves in the rain. A downpour will usually send most chickens to their coops. But, chickens really enjoy a light rain shower. It makes foraging for them highly fruitful by bringing all the worms and bugs to the surface.
You could also create a lean or some basic shelter with a few pieces of wood and a corrugated sheeting somewhere in your yard if your chickens roam free. If your chickens seem perfectly happy in the rain and don’t look for shelter, round them up into their coop in heavy rain .
Then, what do chickens eat in rain?
One source argued that rain brings a lot of food for your chickens. Insects, worms, and other creatures come out of the ground and out from under rocks in the rain. This becomes a feast for your chickens. They will delight in hunting down insects in a light drizzle.
How do I keep my chickens from going outside in the rain?
Make sure that during rainy days, your chickens have plenty of access to shelter. Limited access can result in bullying that keeps some chickens outside, even when it becomes dangerous for them. Chickens that are higher in the pecking order get in the doorway and don’t let the younger ones in.
Can chickens sense when it’s Raining?
When there’s too much rain, however, or it’s too cold, then chickens are generally smart enough (or that instinct kicks in) to seek shelter. In fact, they can usually tell what the rain’s going to be like faster and better than I do.
Why don’t chickens sneeze when it rains?
While their nostrils, or more correctly termed ‘ nares ’ are on the top of their beak, their anatomical design prevents falling rain direct access to their nasal passage. And even if water should find its way into their nose, the inside of a chicken’s nares does have sensitivity.