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post #1 of 9
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Newbie here.  My chickens are 15 weeks old and have taken to roosting in the coop the last couple days.  We just finished off a couple weeks of rain - during which they spent more and more time in the coop but down on the floor.  Yesterday and today, we've actually had sun and the run is drying out.  Yet, they've hardly come out of the coop.  Even less than when it was raining.  I would have thought, at a minimum, they would sun themselves in the sun that comes through the coop window as they've done on previous days.  Instead, they're up on the roost in the middle of the morning!  Any thoughts?  Should I be worried?

Thanks in advance.

1 Barred Rock (Serena), 1 Easter Egger (Butterscotch), 1 Blue Cochin (Puff), 1 Buff Cochin (Fluff 2), RIP Fluff
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post #2 of 9

I don't think there's anything to be worried about. My girls go in and out of their roost box (where their perch is) all the time. They nap for a while, then come out and scratch around, then nap, etc. Your girls are probably just waiting for things to dry out a little more and resting up to get ready for a full (dry) day of scratching around and playing. Good luck.

Next time build the coop before you get the chickens!
You can't tell the color of the chicken or the egg by looking at the yolk.
1 Ameraucana, 2 Black/Lavender Split Orpingtons, 2 EE's, 2 RI Reds, 1 Barred Rock, 1 Cuckoo Marans and 2 Silver Spangled Hamburgs.

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Next time build the coop before you get the chickens!
You can't tell the color of the chicken or the egg by looking at the yolk.
1 Ameraucana, 2 Black/Lavender Split Orpingtons, 2 EE's, 2 RI Reds, 1 Barred Rock, 1 Cuckoo Marans and 2 Silver Spangled Hamburgs.

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post #3 of 9
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Oh good!  Thank you.  I've been such a worry wort with these girls. smile

1 Barred Rock (Serena), 1 Easter Egger (Butterscotch), 1 Blue Cochin (Puff), 1 Buff Cochin (Fluff 2), RIP Fluff
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post #4 of 9

My chickens rarely enter the coop during the day, except for egglaying.  However during the day, especially in the winter, they do find a place to snuggle down for an afternoon siesta.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #5 of 9

Mine napped on the roosts all through the very cold weather, any time it's windy, and sometimes the day after either of those things (I think they get scared or just forget they can go out).

In that respect, they're just like me.  I'd much rather be in bed in that kind of weather.

post #6 of 9

Mine have spent more time inside with the heavy rains.  Sometimes they're on the roost, sometimes digging a deep "dustbath" in the pine shavings.
Enjoy your girls! smile

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1 Darling Domestic Partner, 2 Easter Eggers, 1 Speckled Sussex, and 1 Blue Wyandotte


"It's not havin' what you want, it's wantin' what you've got...."

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post #7 of 9

Mine roost almost everyday -- even in the summer. Not in their coop, necessarily, but in their favorite lilac bush roll They are free-range and they forage all morning and then usually in the mid-afternoon they can be found napping in the bush before heading back out for more grub in the late afternoon and evening.

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.   - E.B. White

 

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt

 

The best way to be missed when you're gone is to stand for something while you're here. - Seth Godin

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I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.   - E.B. White

 

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt

 

The best way to be missed when you're gone is to stand for something while you're here. - Seth Godin

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post #8 of 9

I open the doors to the coop in the morning and the hens will go out into the my yard and range (roosters are locked up) pick at scratch, go across the back yard and do a dust bath under the big shed, and just generally wander all over the yard.  They go in and get on the roosts in the evening, but during the day they go in and out of the coop to scratch in the straw, or just to make holes in it and take little naps on the floor.  They lay in the nesting boxes, but nap on the floor.  They don't get on the roost in the daytime.

They go out in the rain, and in the snow...all we have here normally is a few flurries once in awhile but I've noticed they don't like the wind.  When it is really windy they will stay in the coop a lot more.  When it is raining really hard, I just don't let them out.   
Terry in TN

Terry now in North Carolina with a pair of specked Japanese, a mother and two D'Uccle Hens, my old D'Uccle roo, and a recently adopted D'Uccle Roo and a tiny one legged chicken I moved because she needs me. 

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Terry now in North Carolina with a pair of specked Japanese, a mother and two D'Uccle Hens, my old D'Uccle roo, and a recently adopted D'Uccle Roo and a tiny one legged chicken I moved because she needs me. 

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post #9 of 9

think as long as they don't look lethargic and eat and drink when they do come out, nothing to worry about!

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