Opening the coop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by healingdeva, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. healingdeva

    healingdeva Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 4 - 6 week olds and 2 - 7 1/2 week old chicks. They were moved into the coop last weekend and had the light for the week. I finished their run on Friday and we've had beautiful weather all weekend. I took the opportunity to turn off the light and let them get used to sleeping in the dark and they've done great. And, they've had great fun during the day in their run.

    Now, it is supposed to rain tomorrow. I'm curious if I should just keep the coop shut on bad weather days for now or open it every day and they'll decide when it's good to go outside?

    Thanks, Victoria
     
  2. mandomama

    mandomama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you must be in the pacific northwest [​IMG]

    We had a great weekend and the rains coming back tomorrowl
     
  3. healingdeva

    healingdeva Out Of The Brooder

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    Yup! [​IMG]
     
  4. CluckThis

    CluckThis Out Of The Brooder

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    If they can get to where they are warm they should be fine. Keep the draft off them for a couple more weeks. We are also in the Pacific NW and put ours out in the coop a couple weeks before it snowed and covered 3 sides to keep the wind out and also had a heat lamp in the bottom part until this weekend. We have a heat lamp in the roosting area where they go when they are cold that is on at night for them. We also built them a big 6'x8' back yard off their coop to hang out in. They are starting to like the rain, never did really take to the snow.
     
  5. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    How large is the coop?
    And can you cover the run so they chicks can get out into it without actually be rained upon? If you want to see something funny, open the coop and watch their reaction to the rain! [​IMG]

    Carla
     
  6. healingdeva

    healingdeva Out Of The Brooder

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    The coop is 24 sq ft. I can cover the run but that will have to wait until tomorrow. The wind is howling through here and the view of me trying to put a tarp over in that wind might be as funny as their reaction to the rain. I'll have to open it up for a bit during the warmest part of the day tomorrow and watch.

    I could spend hours watching them, they are so much fun. I have been threatening to setup a bench outside the run. My gut reaction was to protect them a bit longer but wasn't sure if that was the overprotective "mama" nature, or what they really needed. ;-)
     
  7. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    mandomama, we have snow showers coming tomorrow night and on tuesday. [​IMG] My girls will not be pleased as they have become used to their daily playtime outside.

    If the weather is really bad I would not open the coop but I will let the older hands speak on this.

     
  8. mandomama

    mandomama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will spring every come to Oregon this year???[​IMG]
     

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