Originally Posted by Ridgerunner
Rain blows in from the sides, not just from the top. Blocking rain from the predominant direction may be a good thing.
How inconvenient is it to you for them to keep sleeping as they are? Chickens don’t care, people do. How do you move them to that run in the morning? Would it be nice for you if they woke up in there? Are they making a mess on the patio that you would rather do without?
I don’t know how old yours are or if they are laying yet. You did not mention where the nests are or what your plans are for those. Often they will lay pretty early in the morning, to me it would be good to have the nests where they sleep.
Personally I’d put in a roost and nests in that run, lock them out of the coop on the patio and physically move them to the run every night until they start going in here on their own. The first few nights they will probably try to go in the old coop at night but since it’s locked they will settle down to sleep in that immediate area. They are pretty easy to catch after dark as long as that area is not lit up very much. But if you are OK with the way it’s working out, you can continue as you are. We all manage them differently.
Yup that rain does blow, therefore the shower curtain in the front (weather side) that I pull back & will close when it rains. The sides, when we have our rain storms, I will be hanging more shower curtains on the sides that need it but again it will be removable.
I'd prefer them sleeping in the coop that's in the patio, no problem for me. In the morning (7:30) I just let them out & walk towards the Run, they follow me & I feed them in there. They're usually in there all morning, they're staying in the back close to the Run instead of hanging out in the patio now. Glad for that cause, less poop to pick up in the afternoons. But in the evenings they come back to the patio/coop.
They're 15wks, in the Run I'm hoping they'll use the dog house (shavings) as a nesting place & in the coop I have shavings on one side of it.
I was just thinking it would be easier for Hubby when I make my Grandma visits (3wks in the summer) if they slept in the Run. It would be easier on him on days he goes fishing. They could spend the day in the Run & if he's late coming home they'd be ok sleeping in there. He could let them out the next day to grub. We just hate seeing them "cooped up" all day but the purpose of the bigger run is the space.
They're Pets with Benefits, more pets :)