Early risers? What time 'should' a chicken be waking up in the morning?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TheWolfRaven, Dec 28, 2016.

  1. TheWolfRaven

    TheWolfRaven Out Of The Brooder

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    I've just realised that I've got a security camera pointed straight at my chicken coop (only took me three years of staring down at the footage to realise that!) and on having a flick through my footage, I've seen some really... odd behaviour.

    My girls are in a predator proof 2mx2m run as well as the coop itself and the run space below it. Also got a pair of dogs to frighten away predators, so really no concerns other than a few rats, so I do leave the coop door open into the run 24/7.

    The footage kicks in at about 4:30 every morning (dodgey camera- low light levels make it virtually useless), and at 4:30am all three of my girls are already downstairs and wide awake. Scratching away, eating, drinking, chasing bugs- all normal chicken-y stuff.
    I had heard somewhere that chickens see daylight before we can, but I didn't expect to see them up and about so early!
    If it makes any difference, they usually head off to bed anywhere between 8:30-9pm. Usually after sunset, and very occasionally after dark.
    All are still laying- although they all tend to lay around midday. I rarely get any eggs before noon!

    So is this something normal or...?
    Just curious :)
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    It's normal for them to be up at about a half-hour to an hour before sunrise. It's normal for them to go to roost at about sunset, or a bit after. Sounds like it's summer where you are. It's a myth that all chickens lay in the morning. I've got quite a few afternoon layers.
     
  3. TheWolfRaven

    TheWolfRaven Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks :)

    Someone told me something was wrong with my girls because they didn't lay in the morning- I shook it off because they're all happy, healthy girls.
     

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