How long is too long to keep the birds "cooped up"?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DawnB, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. DawnB

    DawnB Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's been pretty frigid around here with nasty 50+ mph winds. The chickens didn't come out even if they had a chance. My muscovies would wander in and out of the coop and one of my geese would go in on her own. The gander...not so much. On the night it was supposed to get to close to -30F, we snagged him and put them all in.

    Everyone is doing one is getting picked on and they get treats and diversions. The coop is 8'x12'. We have 19 birds all together. So, how long can I keep them closed in. They've been in while it's been so cold and windy. They have 3 bit windows - 2 south-facing, so natural light is not a problem. Neither is humidity. Have plenty of ventilation.

    So, how long is too long? Or does it just depend on the flock? Should I just watch and adjust as we go? Just looking for some advice.


  2. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    Just chickens should be fine in there for days (at least). I'm not sure about the other birds with the chickens. One thing I've noticed with mine is that they settle right down when it's cold and miserable out. You could try one of those "Flock Blocks" by Purina to give the chickens something to peck at.
  3. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2008
    Just watch them to make sure that they don't start pecking out of boredom. If you'd like, you can do things like hang a cabbage from a string or ears of corn as a diversion. I think they'll be fine.

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