Buff Orpington's First Day Out

asphaltwarrior1

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They are fine.
They are just getting used to the change. They are certainly not freezing. My chickens were trucking all over the place in 20 F weather. It's not cold to them.
I kinda figured that and was just looking for that one reply to settle me hahaha. I'm just as nervous as when my oldest got her license lol
 

asphaltwarrior1

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It's great that they came out, so fun to watch.......but, did they go back in to sleep?
They did not go back in on their own , I had to help them. I suppose I could have waited a bit longer but was unsure if that would work. Still had to coax them out today and will see how it goes later tonight. I might wait till after dark this time instead of at dusk .
 

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Young chicks often have a hard time going back into coop at night.
When its getting dark outside, they may instinctively want to go to the coop but it can be too dark for them to see well in there...unless there are lots of windows providing good natural lighting.
Looks like you have one of those tiny prefabs, not many windows usually.
A battery operated puck light can be placed in coop close to dusk,
it will greatly help to draw them in the the coop,
then you can turn it off when you lock up after dark.
Some chicks will need weeks to go into coop without assistance,
others may pick it up after just a day or two.
 

asphaltwarrior1

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Young chicks often have a hard time going back into coop at night.
When its getting dark outside, they may instinctively want to go to the coop but it can be too dark for them to see well in there...unless there are lots of windows providing good natural lighting.
Looks like you have one of those tiny prefabs, not many windows usually.
A battery operated puck light can be placed in coop close to dusk,
it will greatly help to draw them in the the coop,
then you can turn it off when you lock up after dark.
Some chicks will need weeks to go into coop without assistance,
others may pick it up after just a day or two.
Awesome I have one of them puck lights too. Yes it's a cheap prefab with only the one window on top for vent. I have a light on inside coop but run is very shady to dark especially if sun is not shining and or getting dark . I'll try puck light tonight. Spring will be new huge coop and more amenities.
 

asphaltwarrior1

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Going to build a slant roof coop similar to this 8x8 with 8ft front wall and 6ft back wall.
 

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