51/2 week chicks outside won't go in coop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Pebbles, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. Pebbles

    Pebbles In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2009
    Kingman, AZ
    Hi all:
    So glad I found this form. I have never raised chickens before. In fact up until now I have been afraid of birds. But with the economy the way it is I thought I would raise chickens if only for thr eggs. SOOOO, I planned on 10 hens, Ordered 25 chicks because EVERYONE said if you want to end up with 10 you better get 25. Mc Murrays sent 25 darling, precious chicks plus 1 bonus chick and two extras. I lost two the first week. So here I am with 26 51/2 week old chicks. My question' I have a 4 foot by 4 foot coop that sits about 18" off the ground. The coop sits inside a 10 ' X 20' old dog kennel run that is very secure. The chicks were starting to pick at each others tails so they needed more room. I put them outside yesterday. They love it but I have the heat lamp inside the coop. I thought they would be drawn to the light and go back inside the coop at night. Well, most of them don't go in I don't think they will go up the ramp. Today I spread feed and their little feeders up the ramp. Some chicks went back in but most chicks stayed outside. So I picked them all up after dark and put them all in the coop and closed them up inside overnight. Night time temps are high 30's low 40's. Like I said, the coop is 4' X 4', and I switched the light to a red light. Which is worse, locking them all up inside the 4' X 4' coop overnight or leaving them out all night without a lamp. Will they learn to go up the ramp? If I keep putting them in the coop each night am I not letting them learn how to go up and down the ramp? When I let them out in the morning they don't walk down the ramp they fly from the coop lip to the ground.
    Oh, BTW, I could spend hours watching my babies-I just love these little chicks.
    I apologize for the length of this post and thank anyone with advise. I think I'm chick addicted.

  2. gpamela3499

    gpamela3499 Songster

    Feb 26, 2009
    Near San Fran Ca
    I love my chicks too!!!! I also send a lot of time watching them.

    Sorry I don't know the answer though.
  3. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Songster

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    keep putting them in the coop they will get used to it .they will need heat till at least 7 wks in that kind i weather
  4. Jolyn

    Jolyn Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    My girls didn't go in by themselves at first. I'd have to catch each one and put them in. I think you should put them all in the coop with the lamp. They will be fine imo.
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    [​IMG] They will figure it out. Mine were reluctant at first too.
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2009
  6. Pebbles

    Pebbles In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2009
    Kingman, AZ
    Thank you to all of you for your help. You guys are terrific!!
  7. gimme sum eggs

    gimme sum eggs In the Brooder

    Jan 29, 2009
    South Branch, MI
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2009

  8. turney31

    turney31 Songster

    Sep 14, 2008
    palestine texas
    Hello and welcome from Texas! [​IMG]
  9. Omran

    Omran Songster

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
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    I bet you are having a lot of fun with your baby chicks, show us some pictures when they are running on grass [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Thank you

  10. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Songster

    Feb 7, 2009
    ft. worth
    Welcome to BYC

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