Do chickens really like windows??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Qi Chicken, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2009
    We are beginning the building portion of the coop now and I recently read in a post (by speckled hen?) that chickens love to look out the window. We were going to have two 3 ft long by one foot tall windows in the storage part of the coop but now wondering if they might not like one of those at eye level to look out of. This is probably waaay overthinking here but if it would improve their mental health-- [​IMG] How many inches off the ground is the eyeball of a standard chicken? Wyandotte, Orpington, Dorking etc? As you can probably tell---I'm new to this!
     
  2. aimeeinwv

    aimeeinwv Chillin' With My Peeps

    mine sure do - they fight for the roost in front of it!
     
  3. chicknjane

    chicknjane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Window seats are the most coveted on the roost in our coops.
     
  4. walkerkm

    walkerkm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine love the windows in their coop as well....i got a little crazy and made them curtins as too!
     
  5. rileysgranny

    rileysgranny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My little bantam Delaware rooster roosted on the window sill in the coop, until he got too big for it. He fought for it every night.

    In my other coop the roost is right in front of the window, which I leave open in the warm weather and close in the cold weather. Every night when I close them in, they are sitting on the roost looking out the window at me.

    In really cold weather I have to insulate the window with styrofoam.
     
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2009
  6. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    Unless they are eating or drinking, they are most always at the window opening. They sleep at it also. I am glad I have most of my walls as openings. Originally for optimal ventilation, but now I appreciate how much they love it.
     
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  7. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2009
    Hmmm! Sounds like they would rather sleep/sit in front of a window rather than stand and look out of it. I thought I read that there shouldn't be a window where they would get a cross breeze while roosting. Do the windows that they sleep in front of open? Any problems with this? It sounds like I should scrap the long narrow window near the floor (that wouldn't open) and get them one behind their roosts. Agree with this? I really wasn't looking forward to asking the builder for a window one foot off the floor so they could look out anyway....I am not sure that he is a chicken lover. But he just drove up the drive and I guess that's the main thing......!
     
  8. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine love their windows. We put the roosts right in front of the windows and that's where they spend the night. It also provides ventilation. Here's a picture from a few months ago:

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  9. swimmom

    swimmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine love to run to the window when I pull into the driveway - they have a good view of the car that way and can see me. It's nice to be loved! [​IMG]
     
  10. wildorchid053

    wildorchid053 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    syracuse area, ny
    they love it.. we made it large enough for all to roost their

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