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She'll get over it....

I hope so, they can really turn on the emotional blackmail, those chickens.  Those faces, those dashes for freedom...... :(

They're just reacting with instinct, you can control your emotions.

Be calm, confident and convinced(firm)...if you're nervous or anxious, they can react to that. 

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

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"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #42 of 48
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They're just reacting with instinct, 

and habit.  Every day I let them out and off they go.  They're all like "why are we in here?".  

 

What I need is some sort of pulley to open the nest box flap from outside.  Having to go into the run is just an opportunity for them to bolt.  Then I have to entice them back in. 

 

I put them on the perch again and went back out afterwards to see what they were doing.  3 of them were up there, the other in the corner, but they were all standing up.  I thought they rested on their keel when they went to sleep.  Do they not settle down until later, or is it just because they aren't comfortable in there?  I need a chook-cam. 

post #43 of 48
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They're just reacting with instinct, 

and habit.  Every day I let them out and off they go.  They're all like "why are we in here?".  

 

What I need is some sort of pulley to open the nest box flap from outside.  Having to go into the run is just an opportunity for them to bolt.  Then I have to entice them back in. 

 

I put them on the perch again and went back out afterwards to see what they were doing.  3 of them were up there, the other in the corner, but they were all standing up.  I thought they rested on their keel when they went to sleep.  Do they not settle down until later, or is it just because they aren't comfortable in there?  I need a chook-cam. 

True, Habit.

Can take them a while to really nod off, they may still be a bit nervous with the new regime....

......I wait till late dark to raise nest cover, pulley would be cool.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
post #44 of 48
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......I wait till late dark to raise nest cover, pulley would be cool.

I'm not going out there late.  It can happen at bedtime or not at all, as far as I'm concerned. 

 

Unfortunately, I have no idea how to rig up pulleys....

post #45 of 48
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......I wait till late dark to raise nest cover, pulley would be cool.

I'm not going out there late.  It can happen at bedtime or not at all, as far as I'm concerned. 

 

Unfortunately, I have no idea how to rig up pulleys....

I just use large screw eyes in stead of pulleys.....look on my coop page, how I did my upper windows.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/National-Hardware-2-3-16-in-Zinc-Plated-Screw-Eye-B2014-4-LG-SCREW-EYE-ZN/204721989

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
post #46 of 48
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I just use large screw eyes in stead of pulleys.....look on my coop page, how I did my upper windows.

Yes, it isn't the mechanism that "gets me", it's figuring out the movements.  Your ropes go in the direction you want the windows to be in.  To open this thing from the outside requires the movement to be the other way....(I could push it, but then it'd need to go UP and then it would need to go BACK.)   I've no clue how to make that happen.  Maybe just UP would do the trick and hold it there with a cleat  I could probably figure it out, but it's not something I'm naturally "good at".

post #47 of 48
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I just use large screw eyes in stead of pulleys.....look on my coop page, how I did my upper windows.

Yes, it isn't the mechanism that "gets me", it's figuring out the movements.  Your ropes go in the direction you want the windows to be in.  To open this thing from the outside requires the movement to be the other way....(I could push it, but then it'd need to go UP and then it would need to go BACK.)   I've no clue how to make that happen.  Maybe just UP would do the trick and hold it there with a cleat  I could probably figure it out, but it's not something I'm naturally "good at".

Yeah it can be tricky...post a pic of your nest covers and the inside of coop up to roof/ceiling and maybe I can help.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
post #48 of 48
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The nest boxes are shown in the link.  I've just put a hinged flap over the entrance.  It folds back onto the "roof" of the nest boxes, and I hold it open with a flyscreen swivel.  It's very light, it's just thin melamine. 

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1071385/getting-new-birds-and-a-new-house-how-to-manage/30#post_16372641

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