Chicken bed time

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by vivs, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. vivs

    vivs Hatching

    Aug 14, 2013
    Hello fellow chicken owners,
    I am very new to being a chicken owner and have found this forum very useful with tips and advice on how to make my ladies happy. I am looking for a little bit of advice about their bedtime. Do people just leave them to go to bed of their own accord and close the pop hole when you are read and they are all in, or do you make them go in at a time that is best for the light? Also, what do people find is the best way to actually get them in their roost area? Any tips would be greatly appreciated as my girls don't quite seem to know where they are going? Don't want to force them into bad habits! We have a nest/roost area that has an attached low level run if this helps.
    Thank you
  2. Sunsplash

    Sunsplash In the Brooder

    Mar 29, 2013
    I used to have to force them to go to bed as soon as it got dark (depending on what time of the year 7-9:00 p.m) they adventually began going in by themselves when they noticed less sun. Then I would just make sure they have food and water, shut the door, and let them out in the morning :3. Hope this helps
  3. Eileen 1930

    Eileen 1930 In the Brooder

    Aug 14, 2013
    I just signed in today to BYC so not sure how this all works. But I have 5 Ameraucans 7 weeks old and I have a coop
    5' x 3" and a run for them 5'x12' long 4' height. I hope when they get older and add weight they can't fly out. I have 2 Indian Runners and since they can't fly I pen them up at night because I had some raccons and they killed 2 of my duck. Then one day I was gone and a dog dugged under my fence and killed 2 more. So I got a big pen for them and they go in every night so easy. My chicken coop has a door inside the coop and go in at dark. Because I want them safe. I only want a small group so I can enjoy them.
    My chickens are so tame I can pick up when they are in the coop. [​IMG]
    I want to add more pictures
    I am hoping some one can tell me how to sex my kids.
  4. Eileen 1930

    Eileen 1930 In the Brooder

    Aug 14, 2013
  5. Eileen 1930

    Eileen 1930 In the Brooder

    Aug 14, 2013
    I just wanted to add what I do for my "Ameraucana" breed I feed them in the morning and then check on them at 4:00
    and give more feed and fresh water and then when it gets dark and I can still see to go out and close the exit hole to the
    run then are on their perch ready for the night. I also have 3 Black Runner Ducks and they have the run of the yard all day
    and I love my ducks, they are so much fun and follow me every where I go.
    I have enjoyed every ones comments and are so helpful. I didn't make the run big enough its only 5'X12' but I can change
    that later. I have 5 chicks now are 9 weeks old. So I think I have a couple hens and I guess they will start to lay eggs in the
    middle of October.
  6. OliverZoe

    OliverZoe In the Brooder

    Aug 11, 2013
    Mine go to bed on their own when the sun starts to go down [​IMG] when it's dark I do a head count then shut the doors.
  7. kathychick

    kathychick Chirping

    Oct 2, 2012
    East Cincinnati Ohio
    My chickens are backward! Originally we used to sit on the porch and watch them walk up the ramp to the pop door at very late desk. We were amazed at Mother Nature's ability to wire that into our curls.
    Lately they have started laying AND do not go into the coop. They are laying on top of each other on the ramp. Nothing (that I'm aware of) has happened in the coop to scare them and once I start nudging them, they do go in and settle down.

    What's up with that?
  8. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Free Ranging

    Jun 23, 2013
    The Big Island/Hawaii
    MEAL WORMS....I found that Happy Hen Treat (freeze dried) are the best to train my chickens. My 6 Pack (2 Orpingtons, 3 Wynadottes, 1 Ameraucana) are in a secure house at nights located in a fenced in area. From when they were young I conditioned them with the sound of (shaking of a cottage cheese size container) mealworms, I shake and hand feed them. I'd shake & feed them several times a day.
    I now have them on a routine; they get meal worms when I let them out in the mornings, they get their fresh salad, stay in the fenced area until afternoon. They they are allowed to free range, in the evening I walk to their house & they come running, they get meal worms and shut in for the night. There are times, they're in their house waiting for me....Meal worms are the best training/conditioning tool.
    Now considering farming Meal worms for them.
  9. Allicia

    Allicia Hatching

    Aug 12, 2013
    Yeah that. Mine go in by themselves, head count and lock it up :)
  10. mrsc1951

    mrsc1951 Songster

    May 15, 2011
    Largo, Florida
    [​IMG] Alicia! Once mine got used to going to bed on their own, there have been no real issues. When they were little, I actually picked them up and put them in the coop a few times then they got the hang of it all by themselves. I have lights (and fans) in both my coops and the lights stay on for about 20-30 minutes after they go in. Just realized last night that it's time for me to adjust the timer since the days are getting shorter.

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