Chickens Coming Home to Roost

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Poppycock, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. Poppycock

    Poppycock In the Brooder

    Jun 10, 2008
    Alpine, UT
    Well, I am writing to let you all know that chickens really do come home to roost. We moved our then 9 week old chicks to their coop (no run yet) and kept them in there for 2 weeks. Then on day 15 I let them out in the evening for about an hour but had to go so caught them and put them back in. Another week passed and then last night I had a free night so I let them out about an hour before sunset to free range(now they are 12 weeks old) and just hung around waiting to see if they really would go back into their coop on their own. So they were all basking in their dust bath and loving life when the sun went down. Still basking and pecking around without any intention of getting ready for bed as it started getting darker. I was about to give in and gather them all up but my DH said to wait just a little longer. Gradually they all moved closer to the coop but kind of just hung around outside it like they weren't quite sure what to do next. Then Bob the cockeral jumped in and started calling to his ladies and one by one within 5 minutes they were all inside and jostling one another for the coveted roosting spots. No treats, no calling, no running around trying to catch them all - easy as pie. So, happy day! It's really true![​IMG]
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Isn't life grand ? [​IMG]
  3. 2boxers

    2boxers Songster

    Feb 16, 2008
    Halifax Co Virginia
    I was amazed the first time my boys did that. They also know when it is time to get up. On Saturdays, if we sleep late (which means beyond 7am) they raise all kinds of ruckus until some one comes and opens up the run for them.

    My favorite thing is to take my lawn chair out there & read while my flock is free ranging. Well, I hold a book under my nose, but I am really watching them-they are amazing animals, aren't they?
  4. shangri-lafarms

    shangri-lafarms Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    NY-Upstate Adirondacks
    Mine are 12 weeks old and have been free ranging since they were 8 weeks old and they always come home after we eat dinner, it's funny because all I have to do is say nite-nite and close the coop doors till the rooster crows at 5am to get me up [​IMG] but we still love them all
  5. n2h20

    n2h20 Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Pasadena Ca
    funny. Tonight i was preppin the bbq.. and had my ladies out.. they were pecking all around the yard.. they had been out about 3 hours.. just shortly after the first signs of dusk i though i should go check on them,... I couldnt find them they were all in the coop up on their roost redding for the night.. I was stoked... So cool. Just cant wait for that First egg... any day... i hope.
  6. mainely-chick

    mainely-chick In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2007
    The first time I let the girls out my friends were making fun of me " good luck catching all of them" I said that they are going to go in all by themselves when it gets dark!! They thought I was insane.
    Sure enough all walked in and I softly shut the door. Their mouths dropped to the floor.
    It was SWEET !!!
  7. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    im so afraid i wont be able to get them back in if i let them out of the run. i should be encouraged because if one gets out accidentally it freaks out till i let it back in. I also have a nice size red tailed hawk hanging out nearby.
  8. debakadeb

    debakadeb Songster

    Apr 8, 2008
    SW Indiana
    Mine go in everynight as soon as it gets dusky. Smart chicks [​IMG]

    Edited for typos
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2008

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