Our chicks our 6 weeks old today.
So... our chicks failed their first " we don't need a babysitter Dad, we will go to bed when it gets dark" test.
Went out yesterday to dinner late afternoon leaving the chicks out romping in their enclosed pen. We had hoped that they would make their way back in to the heated coop at dusk. Got home about 9 PM. They were all huddled , in the dark, in a corner of the run.
Dumb chicks? or just need a bit more coaching? I would think instinct would have taken over by now and they would have headed in to their safe roost and heat.