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My Chickens bed down right at the door?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Wrhensnest, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. Wrhensnest

    Wrhensnest New Egg

    Jun 29, 2011
    Hello to all of my fellow chicken raisers! I have 11 chickens, 6 easter eggers, and 5 Americaunas. they are approx. 2 months old, and we have a question. every evening they all go in the coupe on thier own, as we allow them to free range during the day, My coupe is 13x4x4 which is plenty of room for all of them, but they bed down right at the door and never go all the way in unless, I go in the man door then they go to the opposite end where thier feed and water is and begin to feed. Why do they all congregate right at the door? I do not have hen boxes yet but am in process of building them. could this be why?
  2. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    A big Texas-sized [​IMG]

    [​IMG] I wouldn't worry about it too much .. they're still babies and will get it figured out! Is your door solid? Just be VERY sure nothing can reach in to where they are and get them!

    Have fun!

  3. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana!

    Do you have roosts for them to get on in there?? If not that's probably why!
  4. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Do you have a picture of the coop? There might be something we can see from the pictures that points to why they are congregating there. How high are the roosts?
  5. renart

    renart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2009
    Kingston, WA
    [​IMG] from NW Washington State! [​IMG]
  6. FeatheredObsessions

    FeatheredObsessions Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2010


    It could be their age? Something familiar about that area? Heat?
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  8. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    Quote:99% of the time it's because there isn't enough light for them to see that it's safe inside and there isn't anything insidious waiting to eat them. If you go in or open up to show them it's safe, they are fine...

    If you get a string of solar Christmas lights, or even better, the solar LED rope lights, you will have enough light for them to see, yet as the batteries run out each night, the birds will go in and go to sleep and not have light-overstimulation picking, etc.
  9. jtbrown

    jtbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    Welcome, it may be because they are still young too, my 25 EE are 8 weeks (9 soon) and still clump on the floor of the coop, while in another coop my 12 week olds are now all roosting on the big girl roosts. Also the 25 EE use the roosts during the day, they just dont sleep there. I don't have nest boxes up yet, they are in production. Welcome again, good luck.
  10. Cadjien_De_Louisiane

    Cadjien_De_Louisiane SWLA Gamefowl Breeder

    Apr 18, 2011
    Welsh, LA
    Welcome from Louisiana

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