The girls spent the first night in their new coop, yay! I was a nervous wreck... they will be too cold, too scared, etc, etc.
They are about 5 weeks old, and they've been off of any extra heat for about a week, and the last couple of days I had turned off the heat in the house (its only 50-52 at its lowest at night now) and left the window open in the spare room they are in, so I figured it was time.
I started off by moving them directly into the huddle box I made for them out of cardboard & put in the coop, with a good 3 inches of shavings, so they knew where it was and what it was for, and had to leave the box to enter the new coop. It was hilarious to watch them stick their heads out the pop door into the run, back away, then come back, pushing & shoving each other but too scared to take the plunge or the first step! I missed the maiden flights into the run, because I had brooder clean-up to do... I think it was successful for Goldie & Tipper, because next time I checked they were perched on the roost across from the pop door! But Cheeks was on the ground. Then Goldie & Tipper fluttered to the ground. At this point it was starting to get dark, and I realized I really hadn't given them enough time to explore, they didn't have a clue how to get back into the coop! So, I blocked the pop door with a piece of wood, and with DH's help, I managed to pick each one up and pass them into the coop. I was surprised they let me pick them up so easily, they complained; but I think they were scared & I was more familiar to them than the 'scary' run.
Then, of course, I ran back to check them several times during the evening, but they seemed to figure out the huddle box, and all three were in there, cuddled together, at 11pm.
This morning, at 6am, they were out eating & drinking (I had moved the brooder feeder & waterer into that part with the cookie sheet).
I did a little searching around on this site and think I'm going to give them 3-4 days of being locked in the coop before giving them free range into the run again, so they know the coop is 'home' and food & water is in there. I have a bucket waterer with four horizontal nipples in the run, but they don't know how to use it yet. My only concern when I open the pop door again is that they might get stuck away from their food & water, so I might leave them in the coop until Saturday, when I can try to show them the nipple waterer and watch them enough to make sure they all can use it, or at least make sure they can all use the ladder to get back into the coop!
I also left the nest box empty, with no shavings, and stood a piece of wood in there to try to block it, so they don't decide to huddle in there. I'll leave that blocked until they start roosting.
Oh, and my motion detectors needed to be lowered, I realized quickly, as they picked up every movement of every tree branch over the run! So I lowered them to two feet above the ground.
Can't wait until the girls have free range of the coop & run!
Edited by L2fly - Yesterday at 8:52 am