Is it a natural instinct to go into the coop?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by megnchicks, May 6, 2017.

  1. megnchicks

    megnchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    For the last few days I was manually taking the chicks out of the coop in the morning and putting them back in at night because I had not made my chicken ladder and door yet. Today I got it all done and set up. When I went to put the chicks in the coop tonight I was surprised all of them were happily in the coop already. Is it a natural instinct to do this or did I just get lucky this evening?
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    It is natural instinct. Once 'homed' to a coop, that's where they will return to every evening.
     
  3. mskluck

    mskluck Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a question. I just got 8 chicks. I have them in a make shift brooder in my house. They are in an empty room ( except the broader ) how many inches of pine chips should there be? I read some where that 4 inches is recommended and to put paper over it. Am I doing the right thing?
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    I don't add bedding till they are all eating their feed and drinking. Once I'm confident that they won't fill their crops with shavings, I add a layer of about 2 inches.
     

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