chickens that won't come down during the day

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mollyhobbs, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. mollyhobbs

    mollyhobbs New Egg

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    Hi!

    My husband I am are new to raising chickens in our backyard. Our girls are 3 months old. The past few days they have not been coming down the chicken run in the morning. It is getting colder, but I was wondering if they just don't want to come down, or if this is something to be concerned about? They have been coming down every morning for the past several weeks, now they aren't. I have lifted up the side of the coop and they are all just hanging out in there. They don't seem to be sick. I know that three of the four are molting. Does that have to do with them not coming down. It is 1:00 pm right now, and they are still hanging out up above.
    Thanks!
     
  2. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have some 4 month old RiR hens & they do the same thing. I hope they are just resting up for years of egg laying [​IMG]
     
  3. Frannabelle

    Frannabelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My sultan bantam and one of my cochin bantams do the same thing. I usually go out mid morning or so and get them down to eat.
    The other girls and my roo can't wait to get up in the morning, even though it's pretty cold
     
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    My free ranging birds going out of their way to avoid strong wind or exposed ground now that temperature has dropped. This enabled in part by easy access to more food than they can eat. They are fat and lazy. Are yours doing same?
     
  5. Frannabelle

    Frannabelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine don't care for the strong winds either, they spend time under my deck, which is pretty sheltered. I'm making it pretty easy for them to not move around too much either. I can't help myself, it's the time of year when snacking takes over both humans and animals!
     

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