In the Brooder
- Feb 3, 2013
I have 15 five week old chickens that we have moved from the brooder out to the coop. We moved them to the coop and kept them in for a few days before opening the run during the day. They have been afraid of the dark since they don't have the heating lamp on at night any more. They cling to the hardware cloth in the coop windows and squawk nervously. I have been putting a solar powered garden light in the coop at night and then they seem to settle right away. I know I am only indulging their fear by doing that but it is their first week in the coop and I want to ease the stress They seem to be getting along fine until dusk. The first few days they resisted going back into the coop but tonight they went in at dusk on their own... but they are still clinging to the window on the West side of the coop (where they can still see the light outside) and are making those loud, scared chirps. Has anyone experienced this, and do you have any advice? Should I just take away their makeshift nightlight ASAP, or let them have it a little longer? I know it's silly but it makes me sad to see them scared like that!