Early to bed?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Faith Hope, May 29, 2011.

  1. Faith Hope

    Faith Hope Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What time do your chickens go to bed?

    My chickens have a large pen, but I also let them free range on my property in the afternoon/evenings. They usually are all back in the coop ready to roost by 6:30 or 7 at the very latest even now when it is not getting dark till 8 or 8:30! Do your chickens go to bed that early?
     
  2. Fritatta

    Fritatta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it is the cutest thing that my mom hen takes her 3 week old brood into the coop 2-3 hours before the big girls go in.

    Momma and chicks go in about 6pm est and others are in by 8:30. depends on the sun!
     
  3. andalusn

    andalusn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here it's the old hens and the rooster that head back to the coop by 4:00 pm .. of course they are up by 5:30 am usually [​IMG] Now, the younger chicks that the broodies raise are inclined to roam the barn like a pack of leather clad hoodlums and go to bed just before dark like any adolescent trying to stay out past curfew.
     
  4. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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    Quote:Mine have been packing it in by 7:30-8:00 at night. I guess all that fresh air and sunshine is tiring!
     
  5. PHILMAN

    PHILMAN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are in bed by 8:30 latest .
     
  6. Faith Hope

    Faith Hope Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My adult go in the earliest (like 2+ hours before dark). I think maybe they are trying to get the favorite spots on the roost! They keep going in earlier and earlier.[​IMG] Crazy chickens:lol:
     
  7. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    My 7 week old chicks have been out in their coop for 2 weeks and in the run for about 9 days. They are all outside at 7 AM, but 1/2 of them want to stay out in the coop till dark--9PM here. I usually have to round up the stragglers, but the other half already have the top spots on the roost. They have 4 levels and everyone is on level 4 , so the late-comers have to go to the lower levels.
     
  8. BigBird99

    BigBird99 Out Of The Brooder

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    This time of year it's about 8:45 without fail. Though the dominant buff orpingtons have to 'make' a younger black australorp go to bed almost without fail every night.[​IMG]
     
  9. eggsontoast

    eggsontoast Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. kathyp3

    kathyp3 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi its coming into winter down under and the girls put themselves to bed by 5pm when the sun has gone down but not quite dark.
    We have a chook cam so if they have gone in I quickly turn on the tv and watch the girls settle down and go to sleep.
    Don't you just love chickens!!!! I do.
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