do i need to shut my hens in at night or will they stay in naturally?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by r&e_ellis, May 9, 2009.

  1. r&e_ellis

    r&e_ellis Out Of The Brooder

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    i'm in portland, or. its in the 40s at night here now. anticipating moving my birds outside in a month or so. thanks!
     
  2. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

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    We lock ours in at night to protect them from predators and the elements.
     
  3. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    Your hens will stay inside on their own.

    So will any number of nasty predators.

    Use a door, put a lock on it.
     
  4. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2007
    Ontario
    The way I do it for any new chicks/chickens keep them in the coop and their yard for a couple days and check to see who's all roosting at night and if one is not I'll place them on the roost....I dont have any high up roosts in their yard. because on a summer night they'll want to roost outside then...even in the winter I had one wanting to roost outside..........Once they have that down I then start letting them out an hour or so before sun down and watch who's not going in to roost because of the predators they all have to go in ...and slowly I increase the time there out....but I have to watch them or elso they become dinner....hope that helps..
     
  5. ohiofarmgirl

    ohiofarmgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2009
    lock them up!! they will go in at nite naturally - then make sure they are well secured. for hard lessons learned go and check out the predator discussion.

    when it gets hot out here i will leave their tightly screened windows opened.....but i keep my hens in a coop inside the hen house for extra security.
     
  6. aceriderbetty

    aceriderbetty Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens go in their coop when the sun goes down and then I lock them up to protect them.
     
  7. Big C

    Big C J & C Farms

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    We lock them in at night.
    The elements are what provides them with natural immunities.
     
  8. computer_chicken

    computer_chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When darkness approaches they will normally enter the coup and go to their preferred roost. I make sure the door is closed and secured every night. Rather be safe than sorry.
     

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