Originally Posted by LuckysMum
The new coop
Used a dog ramp for them to get in.
nesting box they have never had dividers so we didn't put any in.
The girls seem to like it. We have hung the feeder underneath.
But we have a problem. I just went out to check on them 1 is sitting in the doorway another on the ramp the rest are on the ground. I am wondering if it's to dark in there the light comes from the door and the floor is 25mm mesh under the perch the rest is wood. I gave them some bread and they went in but came straight out. So I'm wondering if they need more light when the go to bed. I'm thinking because its not that dark outside they're not going in and when they do it's too dark. Is that a valid theory?
Can anyone shed any more light (haha) on it?
I believe more light when they go to bed would defeat the purpose of their rest time. They seem to like dark places to roost or sleep. Letting my dog out at 2 a.m. to pee, with only a small flashlight in the back garden, the two big girls get up immediately ( " yaaay - morning is here " ) and begin to eat. Torch turned off, they return to bed, in pitch black.
Am wondering if the one girl in the doorway was flexing her chook hierarchy muscles, and saying "this is all mine - buzz off you lot " .... on the other hand, the coop is new, and they have to be given a little time to get used to it, find their preferred places for roosting or sitting to sleep - and all will be well.
Besides, different chooks go to bed at different times. Mindy is very early to retire - always the first to her little roost. The other two ??? whenever will do them. Sometimes at dusk, often when I tell them "Bed" whatever time of day it is ( daytime storms / heavy rain has me herding them into their coops ) .... and if I am a little later, in more dark than light they are already in bed, in darkness. Think that the proximity of food & water ( even though they don't usually eat in darkness ) .... is also a comfort for them. Try bringing a food container into their sleeping quarters before dusk, or have it remain there constantly. Doesn't hurt to have several food containers in appropriate spots.
And adequate ventilation .... they need good air, but not draughty spots.
Edited by Anniebee - 4/22/16 at 4:15am