How long?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kenny1c, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. kenny1c

    kenny1c New Egg

    Sep 21, 2016
    Hi! I got three Rhode Island Reds yesterday. I have them in their coop in my back garden. I would be grateful on some advice. I was wondering if their is any specific time I will need to keep them in their coop, if at all, to get them used to their new surroundings, before they start to call it home. Any advice very much appreciated, not only by myself, but also from my three hens!!
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

    May 4, 2016
    Somewhere in the Universe
    Welcome to BYC! How old are your chickens? It is good to keep them in the coop at least two or three days so they get used to it as home base.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. Personally, i only keep new birds in the coop for 48 hours and i have never had a bird not know where to go come dusk.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area -

    All the best
  4. kenny1c

    kenny1c New Egg

    Sep 21, 2016
    Thank you for your reply. They are young birds, due to start laying in the next two weeks or so. P.s. ordered some oyster she'll grit from internet, but as my local pet shop had only pigeon grit, will this do it any harm till my oyster she'll arrives next week??
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    There's a difference between the purposes of grit and oyster shell. The former is to help break down food in the crop, whilst oyster shell is for additional calcium - intended for laying birds.

    Here's a link to grit -

    I only have a flock of layers - they get layers feed. You could start your birds on growers feed until they begin to lay, and then switch to layers, OR keep with the growers feed and put oyster shell as optional feed (many members do this).
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2016
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome! Pleased to have you with us! I think you've already received some great advice so I'll just say good luck to you and your birds!
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  8. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    WELCOME TO BACKYARD CHICKENS!!!!!!! I hope you enjoy it here as much as I have.:frow
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You can shut them up in their coop for 2-3 days - with food and water, of course. This way they imprint on the coop being their home. Then they should come back to the coop at dusk by themselves.

    Welcome to Backyard chickens, hope you enjoy it as much as we do. [​IMG]
  10. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

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