Hi all, new here

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by clairet, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. clairet

    clairet Hatching

    Jul 16, 2010
    Hello to all of you. I'm brand new here. I've been begging for chickens forever and my husband finally broke down a few weeks ago. I just picked up my girls on Sunday! I live in the city on a 40 foot lot so I kept it to 3 of them, about 4 weeks old when we got them, all welsummers. I'm really excited.
    I already have a question though. They seem to be doing really well, growing really fast (and I have no idea how because they don't seem to be eating much of their feed) but for some reason they don't sleep in their coop. They all cuddle up together under it instead. It's pretty cute, but is it normal? Should I try to persuade them to sleep in the coop or is it not really an issue?
    And now that I have the chickens, do I push my husband to let me get rabbits for meat or those miniature dairy goats next? We go through more dairy than meat at our house, but the goats would be a lot more work.[​IMG]
  2. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    You probably need to actually carry them in the coop at night for a week or so so that they know that's where they are supposed to sleep.
    [​IMG] from Texas!
  3. Doodle_Doo

    Doodle_Doo Songster

    Oct 10, 2009
    Missouri City, TX
    Hello and welcome
  4. MCCmomof3

    MCCmomof3 In the Brooder

    Jun 18, 2010
    Just me, but for safety I would try to coax them into sleeping in the coop. They may not understand that it is there home. When I introduced my 5 BA's to their coop, I kept them in the coop for a couple of days (with food and water avail. in the coop) before letting them out into their run. That way they understood that it was their home and where they were safe. We have racoons and rats in our area and they can wreak havoc with a chicken (even through chicken wire) so we lock our girls up tight at night to make sure they don't get eaten by predators.

    Now my girls run for their coop if something startles them.

    Good luck and Welcome!
  5. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress 9 Years

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]

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