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Chicks in the coop!! Roost ???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rubysmom, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. rubysmom

    rubysmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our chicks just spent their 2nd night in the new coop (pictures soon)!!
    We put quite a bit of research, mental energy and design time into the roosting situation and as of yet no one is roosting??? What's up?
    In the am they are all cuddled up together in the shavings.
    Could they be too cold? It's about 45 degrees at night. What should the temp in the coop be? We have a heat lamp, but we put it up pretty high, kind of where a normal light would hang.
    They are all large breeds I think annd they are 8wks+ and very feathery. My husband swears they are fine

    We used 2x4s rounded off for the roosts and but them at at about 8 inches and 18 inches.
    Should I be concerned or am I just being a mother hen [​IMG] It was nerve wracking putting them outside!!

    Claudia
     
  2. Fenderville

    Fenderville Out Of The Brooder

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    They will roost soon.. It takes them awhile to get used to the new crib..

    If you have a ladder up to the roosts they will eventually get brave and venture up a step at a time until one day they roost..

    Mine took a couple of weeks before everyone of the would roost ...

    not to worry... Unless it gets real cold..
     
  3. JSC

    JSC Out Of The Brooder

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    Ours are not roosting in the coop either,they are about 9-10 weeks old. They huddle up together in the corner just like you said. I think they are just too young yet. (they don't come in at night from the run either,we have to manually put them in)


    JSC's Hubby
     
  4. rubysmom

    rubysmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks you guys. Hubby says I'm overworrying.
    My chickens are exceptionally good at coming in at night. As soon as it starts to get dark, they wig out! They start pepping and run for the door! They cried like crazy the first night, but no problems the second night.

    They've also never had shavings before (we used recycled papre pellets in the brooder) so they do seem pretty excited about playing in the shavings and the straw [​IMG]

    Should I put a little ladder between the roosts?
     

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