First snow today; Chickens going crazy.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by boersmamrs, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. boersmamrs

    boersmamrs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They won't leave the coop. One of my hens is crowing. They are legitimately yelling at each other. Pecking each other.. and I think my only layer has gone broody and the smallest girls went in her nest and won't get out. She is freaking out and attacking them. It is very crazy. I worry they might destroy each other before the day is through. I think they "love" winter as much as I do. [​IMG]
     
  2. N F C

    N F C dem crazy bones Premium Member

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    Hi,

    You didn't mention, but I was wondering have your chickens seen snow before? Maybe once they get used to seeing it, they won't be so leery about going out in it and will leave the coop.

    Hope things have calmed down, I know I don't like to see my girls worked up and crabby. A crabby chicken can make everyone nuts!
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Mine don't like snow either. They will brave the ramp to get under the (snowless) coop. They do like to stick their heads out and eat the snow though.
     
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  4. boersmamrs

    boersmamrs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, that was their first time seeing snow. They are a little more relaxed about it today, perhaps because the sun is out! :) They have been hanging out in the small partially enclosed space on my back stairs; soaking up the sun.
     
  5. kim10261

    kim10261 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    put some straw down in the run so their feet can be dry and warm also throw some scratch in the straw so they can be entertained I hope they all settle down,this is also my 1st winter with chickens so I am trying to make things as comfortable for them as possible without adding a heat source
     
  6. boersmamrs

    boersmamrs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have pine shavings in my coop. I have heard that straw works better for winter? Is that true? I won't be adding a heat source. It gets REALLY cold here. I am afraid that if I heat the coop and the power goes out due to a bad storm that they will freeze to death.(Not acclimating to the cold nights) Our coop has really thick insulation on the outside though and a deep layer of pine shavings. It stays pretty warm in there.
     
  7. boersmamrs

    boersmamrs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is no run BTW. They are free range.There is a enclosed space under their coop? Should I put straw down there?
     
  8. kim10261

    kim10261 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes it just gives them something warm to stand on, some entertainment and exercise. my chickens have a large run and free range on my off days for an hour or so after I get off work,way to many birds of prey and neighbors cats and dogs for me to risk them being unprotected, what kind of chickens do you have? I have 3 RSL and 3 BO that are 7 months old and have 15 four day old BO females
     
  9. boersmamrs

    boersmamrs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two australorps and two that I don't know the breed of. I have been trying to figure it out for a while now but to no avail. My neighborhood is really small and I am a stay at home Mom.. so I can monitor them. The only place my ladies sneak off to is the neighbors yard. She loves them and feeds them when they come to visit :) Three of them are around 24 weeks. I don't know how old one of my australorps is as she was a rescue bird. She is the one who crows [​IMG], which is probably why we found here roaming the streets and roosting in the neighbors tree. We got the other three from a farm not far from where we live.
     
  10. kim10261

    kim10261 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a crowing hen..as she laid any eggs?
     

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