At what age will a chick put itself to bed?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Sylviaanne, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. Sylviaanne

    Sylviaanne Crowing

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    I have guineas and chicks 4 weeks and 8 weeks old together in a cage in the coop. Soon I will be needing that space for babies born the 12th of this month. I think the 8 week olds will put themselves to bed but will 4 week olds follow their example?

    By putting themselves to bed, I mean if I let them come and go from the cage, forage like the adults, will they come back into the coop to bed down?
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité

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    In my experience chicks quickly learn where "home" is and will go back to their coop at night after free ranging. Keep an eye on them when roost time comes and be prepared to round up the inevitable stray for the first night or two though.
     
  3. Lollie508

    Lollie508 Chirping

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    At first they will need to be picked up and put inside the coop but within a day to a week will learn to go in themselves. Hope this helps :)
     
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  4. Sylviaanne

    Sylviaanne Crowing

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    Thanks, I only let 3 of them out today. They shouldn't be too hard to locate considering there's about 20 chicks/keets in the cage that have to wait their turn. LOL
     
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  5. troy4

    troy4 Songster

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    Checkens dontreally sleep.They rest their eyes.These birds don't have time to sleep.They watch and protect.
     
  6. Lollie508

    Lollie508 Chirping

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    Your welcome :frow
     

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