key west chickens flew the coop

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by N_Georgia, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. N_Georgia

    N_Georgia New Egg

    Oct 27, 2010
    I brought them home three week ago and thought they would never roost in a coop. Well I put them in the coop for a straight week and turned them out. That night five chickens in the coop. That was the story for two weeks. Then a couple of nights ago -1. Then last night found two in the tree above the coop. Tonight three missing. Any ideas? Should I try to catch them and put them up for a couple of weeks. These were caught in the wild in KW and put into a large large pen. Do you think I will ever get them to roost in the coop. Not a big deal but if they don't roost here then what would keep them from just wondering off, no place to call home.......
  2. ryanhodapp

    ryanhodapp Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    St. Louis
    cover their run so they cant get out.

    If it is to big to cover, section part of it off and cover. Otherwise, I think they will keep keep roosting outside. It is dangerous for them.
  3. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2009
    Sunny side up :)
    I would put shade cloth or something over the top of thier run so they can't get out for awhile. Where do you get Key West chickens? Does someone sell them or do you have to go down yourself to get them?
  4. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
    Ringgold, GA
    My understanding is that the Key West chickens are actually wild birds that roam freely though the keys. I think it will be tough to get them used to roosting in the coop unless you have the ability to give them really high roosts. I would try keeping them confined to the coop for a couple months then try letting them back on the lot. If that doesn't work you are going to have to build them a covered run.

    If they become a problem to you, I am also in N. Ga. Keep me in mind if you want to "hook a brotha up!" [​IMG]
  5. oswegoscott

    oswegoscott Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 6, 2010
    "Key West" chickens are just plain ol' barnyard birds whose ancestors were escapees (or releases) from settlers and the military bases. Nearby "Stock Island" derived it's name due to Army practice of releasing cattle,hogs,sheep and chickens on that island. They free-ranged and the cook would row over and grab supper for the soldiers. The fowl are now quite numerous and raising health issues. We go to KW every year for 2-3 weeks and last year heard a "roundup" had begun. Is that how you got yours? BTW-anyone want to go to KW in Jan for a week or two? We are renting a 2br,2bath,lr,kitchen on the water.
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  6. nikischicks

    nikischicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2009
    NE/Mid Ohio
    If I was taken from the keys I would want to go back too!![​IMG]

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