First timer moving pullets to the coop in the summer heat.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Jessyeanne, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. Jessyeanne

    Jessyeanne Hatching

    Jul 23, 2014
    Hi there!

    I live in eastern Washington state and it's been in the high 90's during the day, 60's at night, and doesn't look like it will be cooling down any time soon. Any recommendations for moving my flock to the coop? I've read about confining them to the coop for a week to "coop train" them but in this heat I am worried. The coop has several screened windows with hardware cloth and vents up top. Should I just put them out there with access to the run too? They are 4 weeks old (2 buff orpington's, 2 ameraucauna's, and 2 silver laced wyandotte's). I'm fine waiting a few more weeks but I think they are ready to get some more room and the brooder is getting smaller…. or they are getting bigger! Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I would definitely put them out now, assuming you don't still have a heat lamp on them. They will be much happier, and less likely to develop any bad habits. You could put them out at sunset in the coop so they spend their first night in there, then see if they go in the next night on their own. I would hate to shut them up in the coop, too, for more than overnight.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    I think the whole "confine them to the coop" thing is more for free ranging. Using a coop with an attached run, I've never confined birds only to the coop. Sometimes it takes littles a while to figure out where to go to sleep, but with my set up it's okay to sleep outside also. If you want/need your birds to sleep in the coop, you may have to put them inside at night for a few nights, but that's okay.
  4. JaceAgain

    JaceAgain Songster

    Feb 24, 2014
    Coastal NC
    Try moving them out there at night, and just locking them in all night. My girls free range, but I never locked them in, I just called them the first couple nights and fed them then.

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