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It's chilly but they won't go inside!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jjhere, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. jjhere

    jjhere In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2010
    Smidge north of Seattle
    We're looking at 25 degrees tonight so I put the heat lamp (with a red bulb) in the hen house. The girls are all hanging in the outside roost. Should I make them go inside or trust that they know where they're comfortable? They sure look fluffed up and chilly....

  2. ryanhodapp

    ryanhodapp Songster

    May 5, 2010
    St. Louis
    are they safe outside?
    is there something inside they dont like? Is the red light new to them?

    crazy chicks!
  3. jjhere

    jjhere In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2010
    Smidge north of Seattle
    Quote:They're inside a secure coop so they're safe, but dang!, it's cold! We only put the light on if it dips below 30 so it is new-ish. Not never-before-seen new, but certainly not-normal new.

    It's cold enough that the waterer in the coop is frozen solid. If we don't turn on the lamp the water inside the hen house freezes too.

    Just keep hearing how chickens aren't the smartest bulbs in the pack. I'd hate to wake up to them dangling under the roost so to speak. Wouldn't be a good way to start the new year.
  4. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I don't think you really have to worry about anything if predators are not a problem where they are. Yes, they'd probably be a bit more comfortable inside, but it's probably not cold enough to bother them there, either. And it's OK to put them inside if you want. I suspect the heat lamp has them spooked. They most certainly are NOT the brightest of critters. They might appreciate your showing them that the heat lamp won't hurt them.
  5. jjhere

    jjhere In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2010
    Smidge north of Seattle
    We were out of town the last few days when it snowed so a friend hooked up the lamp for us. I s'pose I'll keep my fingers crossed and count on them to go where they should be. One of them is hanging in the hen house. Our egg-laying has slacked off quite a bit from 3 eggs a day to 1 (we only have 4 pullets), but maybe that's just the weather?

    It's all a mystery to me. Sure like having these girls around though.

    Happy New Year (in 40 minutes)!
  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Hi jjhere,

    Imp in Renton here.
    I have a heater in my coop to, just feels right to spoil them. Make sure the heat lamp is very secure.
  7. jmagill

    jmagill Songster

    Mar 9, 2009
    Western Wyoming
    -3 here. I have a few that will not go inside. They seem to like the run better some times.

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