Chickens huddling in coup!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Pug Momma, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. Pug Momma

    Pug Momma Out Of The Brooder

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    I moved my ladies from a small (4x2) brooder into their giant coup (at least 5x9 x 8 feet tall) and they are so bumfuzzled by this that they just huddle in the corner.
    Will they get used to the new coup? (It's so big b/c I am counting on getting more than three chickens in the future!)They are about 7 weeks old now, I suppose (or close to that).
    By the way - when I put them in their new expanded run, they freaked out and looked so happy that I felt bad about waiting so long!
    Thoughts?
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Are they warm enough? Is it dark? or do they have natural light?
     
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  3. Pug Momma

    Pug Momma Out Of The Brooder

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    yeah - they have a heat lamp at night and sleep on a small roost under the lamp. It's during the day! And it's not strictly huddling - it's more like - sitting all together in a corner with that deer in headlights look about them (I know I am anthropomorphizing it, but that's really what it looks like....).
    Lot's of natural light during the day - a large south facing window and several pop out windows that are open - it's actually surprisingly bright in there.
     
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  4. ChickyLaura

    ChickyLaura The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Mar 31, 2009
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    Oh, yes, they will get used to it! My chicks did the same thing when I moved them to their new "digs" about 2 weeks ago. Now they are running, and digging, and semi-flying all over the place. So, so, so CUTE!

    I went out a little while ago to give them fresh water, and they do tend to sleep huddled together. I turned the red heat lamp off for a few nights because we had a heat wave (in the 90s!), but they are huddled together even in this heat.

    I have come to the conclusion that my little flock loves their home, and it makes me feel content to sit and watch them do their chicken stuff![​IMG]

    Enjoy!
     

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