My girls put themselves to bed - first time!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JennsPeeps, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    We were over at a neighbor's house - checking on their chickens - and when we got back, all our girls were awfully quiet. DBF looked in the coop and all 3 standards had put themselves to bed for the very. first. time. They've only been sleeping in the coop for a few days, too.

    The bantam cochin, however, put herself to bed on the laundry rack in the house.
  2. glowworm

    glowworm Songster

    Jun 10, 2008
    SacraTomato, CA
    congrats...mine did the same thing too tonight! it was their fifth night outside and they have just turned 4 weeks old.
  3. Eliz

    Eliz Songster

    May 16, 2008
    I guess the moon was just right last night.

    My girls went to bed on their own last night for the first time too. [​IMG]

    It was the third night in the big girl coop for them.

    Congrats to everyone!!!
  4. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
  5. Mrscapt1

    Mrscapt1 Hatching

    Jul 15, 2008
    I am new mommy to my 5 baby chicks, they are 4 weeks old and just brought them home yesterday! When I put them in the new big coop we built for them they cried and cried at night. I had to keep talking to them and singing to them to get them to settle down to go to sleep. How can I make it easier for them? It breaks my heart to see them cry. Help!!
  6. cyart

    cyart In the Brooder

    Jun 1, 2008
    Mine have been out for a week now and I still have to take them from the run into the coop to go to sleep. WHen I go out to get them, it is dark and they are cuddled together outside in the run.I think my chicks are mentally challenged or something. How long do you think this will last until they go into their coop by themselves? They are not free-range.

  7. lovemychicks9

    lovemychicks9 Songster

    Apr 29, 2008
    South Carolina
    Mrscapt1 do you have a low light bulb in there for them yet? I have 13 week olds, 7 and 3 week olds now and I have just a 25 watt red light bulb in the coop for them and it seems to give them comfort at night. It also helps to guide them in too. Although it did not seem to help with the 3 and 7 weekers until last night. Every night was a struggle to get them in as I would go to slide the door shut on their side and they would all slip out so I would go all the way around to the front and guide them in and then go back around and inside to slide the door shut and watch them all run back outside as I came in. OMG I was running in circles and I could have won a millon dollars on AFV if I had a movie camera. So last night I gave up and refused to go out there until the sun went down and guess what? All and I mean ALL of them were in and roosting and I was able to shut the door on the very first try and no one took a run outside!!!!!!! The 13 week old girls have been putting themselves to bed for weeks and they probably sit there each night and enjoy the show laughing at me, and I know they are laughing cause there is A LOT of cackeling going on in their side of the coop !! Try a 25 watt red light bulb, I get them at Ace and Walmart in the bulb section by the buglight bulbs. They are called party lights I think and they work great. Trudy
  8. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    My girls would cry for a wile when we first moved them to the coop. We finally just left them alone and they settled down.
  9. lovemyflock

    lovemyflock In the Brooder

    Apr 23, 2008
    They grow up so FAST!

    Mine have been out in their new coop for 2 nights and both nights they went up their little chicken ramp and put themselves to bed! Some are sleeping on the roost already, they just turned 6 weeks!
  10. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    Quote:That Tribble is one smart girl!

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