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First time chicken owners. My son got 15 Rhode Island Reds for Easter. Have them a 8 long by 8 wide by 8 tall coop built with a 8x16 run. They don't seem like they like to come out much during the day and seem to come out more in the later evening. I leave the heat lamp off during the day but put it on when the sun goes down and they make a mad dash into the coop. Anyone else's chickens do this? Just wondering
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Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. The age of the chicks is a key factor here - young chicks (up to around 6 weeks old, depending on climate) need additional warmth, thereafter they do not. You could post on the "managing your flock" forum for further advice. 

 

Its not related, but the coop seems a little small for so many birds (at least when they reach adulthood). The broad recommended minimum coop space is 4sqft per bird, roost space 1ft. For a run its 10sqft per bird. The greater the space you can give your flock, the less stressful and contented they will be.

 

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CT

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Welcome to BYC :frow​ Glad you joined us! CTKen gave you some good advice. Enjoy your flock!

 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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