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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by socal chicken, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. socal chicken

    socal chicken New Egg

    Feb 3, 2016
    Hi fellow chicken mamas and papas! I'm here with a lot of questions and excitement about our new chickens and coop. So happy to be here to read about all the chicken adventures!
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
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  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! You have certainly come to the right place for all your chicken questions :D Comgrats on your new chickens :clap What breed/s do you have? Be sure to check out the link Michael left you. There are lots if fab articles there that will help you along the way.

    Wishing you the very best of luck in the future. Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
  4. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. Have fun with your new girls! :)
  5. socal chicken

    socal chicken New Egg

    Feb 3, 2016
    Wow thank you for the warm welcome! I will read and educate myself at the learning center! I have 2 Buff Orpingtons, a Barred Rock, White Plymoth Rock, Silver Laced Wyandotte and a Rhode Island Red. They seem to be getting along well and ages range from 7 weeks to 3 months old. Biggest question/concern for me right now is that they all sleep in one nesting box. The box is small and they just pile up. They don't seem interested in roosting. It is about 40-55 degrees at night so not too cold. Any suggestions? Thank U!!
  6. Lukedawg

    Lukedawg Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 12, 2015
    Akron, IN
    Well it sounds like you are having the same issue I was early on and that is that they will find the most comfy spot to what they know and as they are young and likely not laying yet all they know is huddle together in a corner somewhere. The way I fixed this was I have a hood that covers over my nesting boxes to allow the hens privacy and security while laying so what I did then is temporarily nailed up a board over the face of it to prevent them from entering the nesting box. They slowly started to perch at night and after about a month of this I took the board back off and haven't had a problem since.
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    You're welcome. You need to close off the nesting boxes until your pullets are close to the point of lay. In the meanwhile they will become acclimated to sleeping on the roosts.
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  9. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - sounds like you have a nice mixed flock already. I agree with advice already given, but also make sure that your roost is higher than your nesting boxes, otherwise it will be an uphill struggle!

    All the best
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  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You want to block off the nest boxes since they are too young to lay anyway. You don't want them learning its a great place to poo at night - they would make a mess of the eggs.
    The young ones may not know how to roost. At dusk you could place them on the roosts, along with any others that aren't already up there. They generally will stay put in the dark, and should soon get the habit of going up on their own.
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