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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AussieDan, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. AussieDan

    AussieDan New Egg

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    Hi there I'm new to this site, got some awesome tips!!! Thanks!
    I have a question I hope to get some advice on.
    I have never kept chickens before but as you can see in my pic I built a cubby house for my 3 young girls I gave them a choice, sand pit under the cubby or chickens, guess what they picked??!!
    So I did my research ( mostly here ) and thought bugger it!! Lets have a go!!
    We decided to get week olds ( already sexed) so the kids could learn to look after them as well.
    I have 7 pullets coming up to laying age but they don't go into their house at night, I know they go in there sometimes because there is feathers and poo in there, they prefer to spend the night huddled together outside next to the gate?? I have tried to lock them in the house every night for a while but they still insist on sleeping under the stars. I have nesting boxes in the house it's dry and cosy should I be worried??
    Cheers
    Aussiedan
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Glad you have joined us.

    If you could post pictures of the inside it may help with some answers.
    Do you have roosts in the house? How much space is there? Is there ventilation?
     
  3. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC!
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    G'day to you Dan and Welcome to Backyard chickens. Glad you joined the flock? There is danger to allowing them to be outside at night, they are 'sitting ducks' for predators who will get an easy meal. You might try adding golf balls or fake eggs to the nest boxes, so your girls get the idea that is where they should lay eggs. Maybe when they start spending more time inside, they will get to like the coop.
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    BTW BYC has a dandy aussie thread called "Australia - six states and one funny little Island." , and a large Aussie community - always room for more.
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our community!

    Good luck with your chickens!
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] I'm glad you joined us.

    You may need to lock them inside the coop for a few days, so that they know to go in there at night. As long as the run is predator protected, it won't hurt them to be outside. But, when it gets colder, they will be happier sitting inside a draft-free coop than outside on a windy night.
     
  8. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

    Welcome to BYC!![​IMG]

    If you have any questions, i'm here to help!! Just PM me!!

    -Turkenstein25
     
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     

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