Coop Lovers?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by heyjami, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. heyjami

    heyjami Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 7, 2008
    It's beautiful weather and when I go to the yard to check on the chicks they are all cooped up! I'm surprised that they spend so much time in the coop when they can be outside in the sunshine.

    Is this normal?

    They're 9/10 weeks old.
  2. Shogun99

    Shogun99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2008
    Las Cruces, NM
    Not sure as mine are about 2 weeks old, but I just moved them outside today and after exploring their surroundings quite a bit, they tend to huddle together even though it is warm outside (El Paso, TX). I don't understand it but they seem happier huddled together. I'd let them go with it until they get bigger and they do know best after all. I'd just wait and see....
  3. heyjami

    heyjami Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 7, 2008
    I'm thinking I should put a window in their coop since they're inside so much. Sometimes I open the door to let some light in there. I wonder if the outdoor space is too small?
  4. mgibbzzz

    mgibbzzz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Somerset, OH
    Our coop is a large shed that is divided in two sections, one for the chickens and the other for feed storage and other supplies. We have a 4 1/2 foot petition with a door so I can have easy access to my chicks and eggs. On nice days, we open the door and let the air and sun in for those that may want to stay in.

    DMK Ranch
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Mine go inside when it's too hot outside. I have two windows and a fan on an upper vent for cross ventilation.
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I started putting mine out in a chick size run when they were 2 wks old. I put their brooder in the run with their feed and water. But, as you said they would run around a little and then thet would all be sleeping together in a fluff pile.

    I do have vents in their coop. I also have vents in their nest boxes. I live in Florida and it get pretty hot here. Even the nights are in the mid to upper 70's. in the summers which last for about 5 months.

  7. HenMamma

    HenMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2008
    Emmet TWP, MI
    Mine go in when it is too hot outside. Then they huddle together so they can oll fit on one roost. You would think they get hotter doing that!
  8. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Mine come out of the coop at the break of day . they only re-enter to lay during the day . I never have to release them or put them in or out .

    I never close their lil pop door , so they have full access .

    When it rains or to hot they go under the coop .

    Coop and run are connected and have perimeter all enclosed with buried wire . RUN is 12 x32 .

    Coop is 2 ft. off the ground , so plenty of space under the coop and they are fully protected from pedators .
  9. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    Maybe you just have an extra cool coop! [​IMG] Mine RUN out the door when I open it! [​IMG] They love it outside.
  10. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    I guess thats the big plus . I never have to open to let them out .. they know when its daylight , they come out automatically . and they enter when it starts to get dusk .

    They enter during the day only to lay and they come right back out .

    Even the younger ones have learned from the older flock .

    I have a total of 59 head and I have chicks that are due to hatch nest week .

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