Chicken outside coop at 11pm

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by dalkeithowner, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. dalkeithowner

    dalkeithowner Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 15, 2013
    Hi everyone,

    My chooks usually go into the coop over night and if I go out to the run/coop about half an hour after sun set, they will be there waiting for me to lock up. Exceptions are very very rare and I there's never been more than one chook outside the coop after dusk. That said the coop is pretty predator safe and I tend to lock up anytime between 6 pm when I get home at the earliest and 11 pm.

    Tonight I was home late and to my surprise all four chooks were still outside eating. I found 2 eggs in the run so something tells me they avoided the coop all day. They did not sleep in the run either but were wide awake, when I got back after half an hour I had to push them into the coop.

    I checked for signs of mites or any small predators such as mice and rats and there was no trace.

    Is there any common predator that may cause this? We are in the central belt of Scotland - I am not sure what other predators/issues may affect this area.
  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 7, 2011
    Finger Lakes, NY
    Maybe weasels?? They are the only thing I can think of right now.........
    [​IMG] Sue

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