Lots of peeping at dusk and when the lights go out

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Pineywoods Peepers, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. Pineywoods Peepers

    Pineywoods Peepers Certified Poultry Accruer

    We don't have our coop finished yet (hopefully this week!!), so hubby and I are schlepping 2 dog crates of 4 week old chickens outside each morning and attaching them to covered dog exercise pens so they'll have plenty of room for playing, etc. We've been working outside this weekend finishing up the coop, and I've noticed that around dusk each evening the chicks all (or most) start peeping very loudly in their exercise pen. I go to talk to them to see if my voice will comfort them, but no dice. As the evening progresses, they eventually settle down and typically meander back and get in their crates. It's nice that they're in the crates because we can just shut the crate door and carry them back into the garage. After we get them into the garage (usually around 9 since it doesn't get dark til 8:30, and once it's dark they get in the crate and we don't have to chase them around the 4' tall ex pen) they all attack the food tray like they haven't seen it in days. I close up the garage for the night, tell them night night, and turn the lights off. Then they start peeping like crazy again.

    Anyone have any insight as to why they peep so much at these times? I guess I can understand why they peep when I turn out the lights. It's like they're saying, "But, mom, we're not ready to go to sleep yet!" But I don't really get the peeping at dusk. It's still plenty warm, and it's not totally dark outside. ???

    Thanks,

    Rachel
     
  2. MakNugget

    MakNugget Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, because they aren't accustomed to the dark yet.

    Mine did the same thing when I put them out in the coop for the first time. It drove me nuts! They would do that also If they weren't situated on their roost and the lights went out. It doesn't happen very much at all anymore, except tonight they were outside longer than usual and it was dark enough for them to start the peeping. Put them inside and it was ok.

    It took em a few days to get accustomed to the lack of light.
     
  3. Braclin

    Braclin KY Chicken Farmer

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    I had the same experience here!!
     
  4. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We did too, finally placed them outside in their coop and run at nights...... They soon get use to being outside....
     
  5. BackToMyRoots

    BackToMyRoots Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the same experience with mine. I think they just get anxious about the darkness. I wonder if it makes a difference whether there are adult chickens with them in the coop?
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Just like kids they are complaining about having to go to bed.
     
  7. viktoriacl

    viktoriacl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine did the exact same thing! They still get irritalbe just befote they settle on the roost.
     

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