We started our (standard sized hen) flock last year and this year added 6 silkies. They are 3 months old and ADORABLE! The lame thing is that every night I have to go out there and crawl around gathering them out of the run to put in the coop. The run is secure and it isn't cold yet, but I just am not comfortable with them being so visible at night. I live in a predator infested redwood forest. I prefer they be out of site in their coop at night. The big chickens sleep in another coop altogether, so it isn't a bullying issue. The silly little fluff balls all huddle up right against the chicken wire (where a racoon could easily scratch them though the wire and give them a terrible fright before they scattered out of claws reach.) It has bee a full month of me going out there an hour after dark to coop them up. I kinda thought they'd catch on by now. Is this just a silkie thing? They seem to be quite different birds than our larger hens.
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9/19/15 at 7:15pm