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I live in Florida, the temps here are already hot so keeping them in the coop for a solid week seems like it would be harmful. How do I get them to stay in the coop at night? We have had to go out and chase them in every night and then the chicks are not happy. They stay by the door for a while. They do get up on their roost after a while but I worry about the daytime. Any help would be appreciated. smile.png
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Originally Posted by Sasparilla View Post

I live in Florida, the temps here are already hot so keeping them in the coop for a solid week seems like it would be harmful. How do I get them to stay in the coop at night? We have had to go out and chase them in every night and then the chicks are not happy. They stay by the door for a while. They do get up on their roost after a while but I worry about the daytime. Any help would be appreciated. smile.png
Are they in a run? Or free ranged? If they are in a secured run, I would just let them be. It is very possible with your heat and humidity they find the run more comfortable then the coop. Watch them, as long as they go to the coop during storms, I would let them be.
post #3 of 7
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They are secured in a run but just 6 weeks old, I was worried they needed to know the coop as home. We had one chick killed but we have fixed that problem. It is supposed to get into the 50's at night in the next few days. I guess we will see what happens then. It's in the 70's at night right now. Thank you for your help.
post #4 of 7
How well ventilated is the coop? I am currently making my summer coop and I have it open on top at least 2 feet. Then my east facing side I am keeping almost completely open. This allows plenty of fresh air into the coop on hot humid nights, and I do not have your heat or humidity.
post #5 of 7
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I have 3 Windows one on each side of the coop was thinking about putting in a ventilation fan. We don't have the top open due to the many storms we have almost daily in the summer. When the door is open during the day it's 4 Windows open. we have a white roof to cut the heat with flaps on the Windows to keep water out when raining.
post #6 of 7
Sounds good. Chickens can be frustrating, and do things against what we would prefer. If it gets down to the 50s and they are not going into the coop, I would force them. Mostly to get them used to it, but I think they just find the run more pleasant.
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Thank you for your input. I'm a new chicken owner so any help is much appreciated
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