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Coop Behavior question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crayon, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. crayon

    crayon Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Hillman Michigan
    I have one Wyandotte Rooster and 3 hens. They are all about 20 weeks old. I also have about another 12 chickens that are the same age or younger with at least 2 other roos.

    We build a coop a few weeks ago and started putting all the chickens in it. All seemed fine- they would work their way to the vicinity near dusk- and we would get them all in the new coop.

    But the last few nights have been weird.

    4 nights ago- all the Wyandottes were sitting on the roof of the the OLD coop... So we moved them into the new one.

    3 night ago- we got them all to the new coop - no issues

    2 nights ago- we found all the wyandottes in the old coop- the rest are in the proper (new coop) So we left them as it was quite dark outside.

    Tonight we got home and and the same situation- all wyandottes in the old coop- the rest in the new.


    They spend all day together- it is not like they separate during the day- but why are they roosting different- and should we just take down the old coop? It is just a kid play house. It is going to be getting to cold and to many predictors out soon here in Northern Michigan for them to be so exposed.

  2. taprock

    taprock Songster

    Nov 1, 2010
    Northern L.P. Michigan
    First - hi I'm from up by Mackinaw. I think they just stick to what is familiar. I have two coops a big for grown and a small for chicks. As they get bigger I integrate them into the big coop. It takes them a while even if -like you said they are fine during the day. I have two EE's that have been in the big coop for two mOnths but if they are nervous they head for the little coop. I'm really hoping to have every body together soon- like you said, winter always seem to come to soon up here.

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