how long should i "coop them up"?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mom wewantchicks!, May 24, 2008.

  1. mom wewantchicks!

    mom wewantchicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2008
    we will be putting our 6 week old chicks into thier enclosure today!! we decided to put the roost into a build in cage and lock them up at night to keep away preditors. do i have to keep them in this cage for a week or so until they get the idea to go in there at night? of can i just let them out into the enclosure during the day and they will go get on the roost at night? here is a pic, i know it really fancy! but it was here already and we have just done a few inprovements! this is the entire enclosure
    and these are the cages they will be shut in at night(we put in a solid floor)
  2. jessica117

    jessica117 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2008
    SE Tennessee
    Personally, I'd let them run in the enclosure during the day from the start. Every night for about a week just after dark I'd go out with a flashlight and put them in their sleeping cage. With my experience it usually takes anywhere from 3 to 5 days for them to "get the idea" then they start doing it on their own. (My hubby just came in from doing the same thing with 3 of our babies.)

    Hope this helps!

  3. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    I think my chicks were around 4 or 5 weeks the first time I let them run around in the yard. They had been in their hutch a couple weeks. The first night at dark I went out and they were outside the hutch so I place them right at the doorway and they went in. The next night they went in by themselves. Now they are 9 weeks and they feel they are too big for their hutch so now they go into the tack room to sleep and I just close the door.

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