Are chickens 'on the clock'?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jgilliatt, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. jgilliatt

    jgilliatt Out Of The Brooder

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    My six black jersey giants have been free range since this spring when they were old enough to be out by themselves. I noticed that they have clock-like routines and could easily find them due to the time of day. The girls would even expect me to deliver their dinner at the bottom of the steps at 4:30 every afternoon. They put themselves to bed in the coop at dusk. We recently developed the problem of them roaming too far - like into the neighbors' yards. Needing some confinement, but not wanting to keep then in their coop and 4x6 pen, I put up a fence surrounding the coop. It encompasses an area about half the size of a football field. The first day, I scattered a lot of treats into the woods to keep them busy foraging. I noticed, though, that at certain times of the day, the hens seemed agitated and were pecking at the fencing. Although they have a great space, they are missing their normal routine. They ate very little of their regular food - quite unusual. Has anyone else notice these time patterns with their chickens?
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Oh Yes!
    They have me well trained.
    They have to be let out by first light.
    Get treats as soon as I get home from work.

    and if I don't; they announce it to the entire neighborhood. [​IMG]

    Imp- Glad my neighbors like my chickens
     

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