Chicks in coop. Upset Babies!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sphillips, Mar 25, 2018.

  1. sphillips

    sphillips Songster

    Feb 18, 2013
    New Mexico
    Put my chicks out this afternoon, they had a ball. Made sure they spent some time inside their new home. Put them in at dark, went out to check them. They are peeping like mad! I have a little touch lite in the coop that isn't too bright. I turned that on for them. Will they be okay? Do I need to bring them in? They met me at the window of the coop all looking at me sounding pathetic! Help!
  2. sphillips

    sphillips Songster

    Feb 18, 2013
    New Mexico
    Never mind. I caved. They're back in the house. Lol. Just going to try to give them a bit more time to adjust. Me more time to adjust!
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  3. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Crowing

    Sep 2, 2014
    NE Ohio
    Are they not used to darkness? Day night rhythm? Or were they a lot colder than they were used too? I say if they are feathered and warm enough let them be. But I will make sure their safe then turn off he lights.
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  4. llombardo

    llombardo Crowing

    Mar 11, 2018
    I would have caved too. Not even going to try to lie.
  5. sphillips

    sphillips Songster

    Feb 18, 2013
    New Mexico
    They've been in the house, off heater for 2 weeks. Keep window open at night. Temp outside right now is 75, going to drop to med 50s. They have a little night light in the room their broader is in. I'd say mostly feathered, I think they're about 5 weeks old. I don't remember having this issue before, or am I just a pushover?
  6. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

    Jun 23, 2013
    The Big Island/Hawaii
    :lau It's not easy "cutting that apron string" ...
    How old are they? Sounds like you used a heat lamp in the brooder, so they're not used to the "dark". Has the weather warmed in NM yet? Like it when members have the location, easier to figure the weather conditions.

    As Spartan22 stated, if they feathered & it's not freezing, they'll be fine. You could acclimate them slowly ... Put them out when it's warm out, let it get dark naturally. Not sure of your set up is, if they have a coop & run you may need to put them in the coop at dusk. Hopefully with windows, daylight will gradually disappear. They'll adjust, think it's harder on you :hugs You could make them a "huddle box" for warmth & cozy factor.
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  7. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Crowing

    Feb 19, 2017
    Charlotte, NC
    At 5 weeks they should be fine outside and it's warm enough. They just made you feel bad and it worked. I would also turn the light off tonight in the brooder room.
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  8. Redhead Rae

    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere!

    Jan 4, 2017
    Braxton County, WV
    The first night (or even few nights) in new surroundings can unsettle chicks. If it is warm enough for them. Don't worry about it. They'll settle in (especially if you keep lights off), huddle together, and sleep.
  9. sphillips

    sphillips Songster

    Feb 18, 2013
    New Mexico
    I had an Ecoglow brooder for them. They stopped using it only after a week, chose to sleep beside it instead. Should have heard the ruckus when I took it out, even though it wasn't on. Had to go back in and set it in the brooder so they'd sleep!
    I turn lights on in the morning, (sun up), turn lights off at dusk (sundown). Have had the window open in that room the last week or so, day and night. They do have a night light in the room.
    Tonight I put them in their house just before dark, (it is a small coop), left one window open, and went out at dark to close the window. I could hear them as soon as I got out of the house.
    Weather has warmed, but the wind is horrid this time of year. Lows are ranging from 40's and 50's, with a few mid 30's thrown in here and there. Low tonight is 56 or so. Figured they'd be warm enough, lots of shavings and bedding for them to snuggle in.
    Was hoping to make this a painless transition for them. Will continue to put them out during the day for another week, highs will be 60's/70's. They have a wind break in their run, so I don't think that will be an issue? I will bring them in at dark.
    Will it stress them to much to continue to move them back and forth?
    Little stinkers are snoozing away right now! Not a peep!:barnie
  10. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    What you are experiencing is a first class, sad-eyes-and-lots-of-noise temper tantrum. They don’t like change, and being in a new place that gets dark on them is a huge change! Temperature wise, they’re just fine. Natural day/night cycles....not so much. And every time you cave and bring them in, that’s one more night that they (and by default,you) don’t have to cope with it. They aren’t going to learn it if they never have to do it. It’s kind of an “if not now, when” situation. So tomorrow, put them out, go in in the house, grab a glass of wine and some headphones. They’ll have to do it eventually, and the constant in and out won’t teach a thing. One or the other! :idunno You’ve got this!

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