It has been rainy for YEARS.
Chickens hate mud. They detest it. It sticks to their toes and forms little mud toe balls. If you are a Cochin, it sticks to your leg feathers. You cannot take a decent dust bath when it is muddy.
Houdini hardly crows on dreary days, and he takes his hens to roost early.
The two Barred Rock sisters are very aggressive "scratchers", and easily adapt to change, and even they grouse and grumble in rainy weather. "What exactly are we supposed to DO in this stuff?" NOBODY lays an egg.
I am SO READY for spring.