Afraid to go to bed?

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Grandmadee, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. Grandmadee

    Grandmadee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those few of you who know me, I am in Utah, I haven't had chickens in ages. I bought 4 tiny chicks from IFA. One turned out to be a Bantam and one turned out to be a rooster. The roostereo was adopted out to protect my grandchildren and dogs. The kids were nervous around him so I thought it best to find him a new home. He left on 30th of June. That night they went to bed just fine. But ever since then they are sleeping on my patio table, until I pick each one and carry them to the coop. I'm wondering if the fireworks are making them nervous or the lack of the rooster being there. They are all tame and have been handled daily since the day we got them. Any ideas?
     
  2. Siggie

    Siggie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had to put a small "night light" in the coop for a few weeks until they got used to the coop. I was told they were probably afraid because the coop was darker than the outside and so they would not go in to the dark.

    Now I make sure it is still light outside when I put them to bed...slowly they are returning to the coop on their own at dusk but I still have to put the "night light" in there for some of the others or I have to fight to get them in there.

    I bought a simple little solar camp light that works great!! I charge it during the day put it in there at dusk and then it slowly fades out within a couple of hours.
     
  3. Grandmadee

    Grandmadee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounds like a great idea, but the coop is mostly greenhouse so I don't think light is the issue.
     
  4. Grandmadee

    Grandmadee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I suppose it could be heat. I will start checking the temperature when I let them out at 6am and again at 9pm
     
  5. mjbws

    mjbws Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, Grandmadee! Soft music playing always helps, or a sound machine. A fan blowing might also relax them [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  6. Grandmadee

    Grandmadee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Grandmadee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like maybe the problem is solved.Now that the 4th of July celebrations have quieted down, (we have lots of noise and fireworks)tonight at least the girls have gone to bed on their own.I imagine the clear roof of the coop was also a bit scary.
     
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  8. Siggie

    Siggie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad you figured it out [​IMG]
     
  9. Grandmadee

    Grandmadee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We may have had another setback today. My son came over and brought his dog.He is still a youngster but a big Wimereiner. I looked out the window and saw him with my little Buff Cochin banty in a his mouth.I yelled "dead chicken "
     
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    Grandmadee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think, I really don't remember. I don't even remember running down the stairs from our deck to the yard. He dropped her and I scooped her up. She was alive and scared to death, but so was I. No blood, but a few missing feathers. I took her to the coop and put her in her nesting box. She stood up and called to the other girls and walked out of the coop. All seems well I'll cry later. The dog had only instinct and luckily a soft mouth. Accidents happen. To everyone else it is just a chicken. But you all and I think a little differently. Thank God, literally. All is well.
     

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