Early to bed?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mikee1948, May 25, 2011.

  1. Mikee1948

    Mikee1948 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Early to rise?
    I just checked (7:30 PM) and they were all back in the coop. What time do yours "retire " for the night? When I open the door, around 6-6:30 AM, they come charging out.
     
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  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    My older birds (3 years old) are headed in now @ 6:50 PM CST.

    My younger adults are starting to gather around the coop, but aren't ready to go in yet.

    My broodies have taken their chicks in for the night.

    I'll have to chase the nearly 9 week old ones in @ 8PM and then I'll have to go hunting for one of my young cockerels, Rowdy, who never wants to go in.
     
  3. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine go into the coop around dark. But do they start roosting? HECK no. They wait till about 10pm most nights. And that means I can't go to bed. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Wow...some of you guys have early birds! Unless we're having storms that darken the sky early, mine don't head in until it starts getting dark, generally around 9 here.
     
  5. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
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    Oh and [​IMG] from Ga
     
  6. hickchick55

    hickchick55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    My 10 week old chicks are usually roosting by 8:30 p.m. Today is cool and rainy and they went at 7:30. They get up about 7.
     
  7. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wait till they get older. My little ones go to bed early but not the big ones. I swear they think it is funny to watch me run in and out to check on them. Sometimes I have to turn the light off and get a flashlight so they will go up. I don't like going to bed at 11 pm. I am up by 4:30 or 5 am. I do know they do it on purpose and later they laugh at me.
     
  8. geekgurl

    geekgurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also have 10 week old chicks. They are usually on the roost by 7:30pm these days. The automatic pop door opens at 6am, but they want to come out earlier so I'll probably set it to 5:30am.
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    All it takes for most of mine is for the coyotes to start howling. Inside in an instant. I keep lecturing Rowdy on being coyote bait, but does he listen? Of course not! [​IMG]
     
  10. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    My birds go to roost earlier either when sky overcast or their crops are full. Hungry birds delay by prolonged foraging.
     

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