Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BeccaNS, Mar 22, 2017.

  1. BeccaNS

    BeccaNS Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2017
    We are going to try our hand at backyard chickens, we live in a neighborhood so limited to six. We have three Rhode Island Reds that are six weeks old, my husband built them a tractor coop. Everything seems to be going well except at bedtime.... it's to hot to have the heat lamp on in the garage so I've been trying to turn the lights off. They get so upset and I'm afraid they are going to hurt themselves. So now I've been leaving a "night light on". Any suggestions on how to wean them off a light at bedtime?

    I should add that they when I've gone in to help them settle down they will as long as I hold them but as soon as I try to put them back and leave they throw a fit. Just crying I could ignore but they are flying into the door and knocking their feeder/water over, I'm afraid they are going to get hurt.
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  2. Cluckcluck1215

    Cluckcluck1215 Overrun With Chickens

    :welcome :woot :cd :frow :yiipchick Welcome To BYC From ME, Becca!!!

    Hmm, This happens to me all the time, but they usually wean of by six weeks.....

    Try leaving a flash light and then try to wean them off completely.

    Sorry if I'm not helping much :/ I'm not sure what else to do :confused: :idunno
  3. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    I don't see any harm in leaving them a night light. When they get a little older (and by then it stays light longer) try doing "lights out" again.

    BTW, I love Rhode Island Reds...they have a lot of personality and lay very well!
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  4. BeccaNS

    BeccaNS Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2017
    We are really enjoying them and I love their different personalities! They are super friendly and curious.

    I may leave the night light on till they move into their coop full time, I bet there is a lot more light in the backyard then in the garage (it does have windows)
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  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, BeccaNS, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! Looks like you've already received some good advice so I'll just say best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! [​IMG]
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You could also try a light on a timer. It could be set to go on at dusk and off in an hour or so, giving them time to roost and fall asleep.
  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under BeccaNS [​IMG] Welcome!

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  8. BeccaNS

    BeccaNS Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2017
    I was just thinking I'd share a pic of them since they are so stinking cute but all my chicken pics include kids. Haha

    I'm going to search but I thought I read somewhere on here that they fed their chicks boiled eggs, could I just give them boiled yolks?
  9. BeccaNS

    BeccaNS Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2017

    Here are my three girls the other night when I was trying to get them to sleep in the dark.
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  10. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello, and welcome to our wonderful forum! I am so glad you joined Backyard Chickens, I hope you will make yourself at home here and enjoy it as much as I have! :frow


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