New to the coop... Problem.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by xrembax, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. xrembax

    xrembax New Egg

    Aug 26, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I just got 5 chickens & I think I have a few problems. 1 they don't use the roost. 2 they are in cliques... 2 are cool & the other 3 are cool but not mingling. 3. They're pooping in the nesting boxes & roosting on top of them. 4. What is too early for opening a coop. We are smack dab in the middle of no where. Really! We have it all out here. I get up at 4am for work & I leave by 6. Will they be safe if I open the door? They will not be free range when I'm at work but they have a run. Any input or encouragement or reassurance would be great. I'm learning as I go. Thanks

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
  3. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    Hi and :welcome

    How old are your chickens? They learn to use roosts as they grow older, mine just started doing it normally when they were a few months old. Or you could try placing them on the roosts - they might just hop off again but they'll know they're there at least. Can the chickens easily get up to the roosts?

    The "cliques" thing is normal, there's always a hen or two who are head of the flock. As long as nobody is seriously hurting each other, they will be okay.

    As long as they're protected from potential predators, you can open the coop door any time. We have no predators in our area, and the coop door stays open 24/7, this means the chickens can come out however early they like - usually around 5am in summer, when we're all still in bed!

    Good luck, and enjoy the site. :D
  4. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2013

    How old are they?
    Are the roosts too high?

    You might need to create a ladder or something for them to climb/hop up to the roosting bars. If they are too young to lay then remove or completely block off the nesting boxes, they don't need them and just creating bad habits.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    If your birds are young, they just haven't figured out the roost thing yet. You might block off the nest boxes late in the afternoon and open them back up in the morning to discourage them from sleeping there. If your run is secure from predators, they should be fine having the coop door often - but better make sure that the run is completely secure.
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and a belated [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! Good luck to you!

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