Chickens would rather sit out in the freezing rain than go inside :(

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bantamm, Feb 9, 2017.

  1. bantamm

    bantamm Out Of The Brooder

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    When it gets cold or snowy enough, they all go inside the coop, but if the temperature is above 20 degrees F most of them prefer to roost on top of the coop or in the tree. We had freezing rain, and only 2 out of my 7 chickens were wise enough to go inside to sleep while the rest sat outside and got wet and frozen until I put them in the coop myself. Is there anything I can do to make the coop more attractive to them than sitting out in the cold and wet? [​IMG]
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Well, what does the coop look like.....
    ...and how big is it, in feet by feet??

    Pics and dimensions of coop will help us help you.

    It maybe too small and/or stuffy in there for 7 birds.
    How old are your birds?
     
  3. bantamm

    bantamm Out Of The Brooder

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    It's about 16-20 square feet for 7 birds, three of which are bantams. They're not quite a year old.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    That's an odd range of square footage to cite.....
    ....and may be tight for 7 birds, even if 3 are bantams.

    Do you have at least 7 feet of roost length?
    What about ventilation?

    Will you post pics of coop, inside and out?
     

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