First night in the coop


In the Brooder
Jul 8, 2016
Nova Scotia, Canada
My almost 6 week old chicks stayed their first night in the coop last night. Everyone one seems to be fine. The little cockerel we have was doing a lot of pecking and chasing the girls this morning when I was checking on them. Is this normal? He will be leaving us soon as we can not have Roos in our neighborhood. The girls also seemed a little more pecky this morning too. Should I leave them in the coop for a couple of days until they are settled before letting them out in the run?


11 Years
Dec 11, 2009
Colorado Rockies
No need, in my opinion, to keep the chicks cooped up when they aren't going any farther than their run. You may need to coax them in when night comes since the coop will look different from the outside and they may not readily recognize it.

A night light or small flashlight to lighten the interior helps with this process, by the way. It also helps, if your coop is big enough, to get inside and lure the chicks in with treats.

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