Question on nighttime routine!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by agenimatas, Jul 9, 2016.

  1. agenimatas

    agenimatas New Egg

    Jul 9, 2016
    My 12 week old barred rock girls will not go into their coop at night unless the light is on inside their coop. They have been outside for several weeks but because of chilly nights here in Vermont, they have had their brooding lamp on inside. But the weather is warm now. They have no problem finding home at night as long as the light is on, otherwise I find them all sitting on top of the fence or even on their own roof(even on very warm nights)!!

    Help! Did I spoil my girls or can I fix this? I don't want to keep the light if the weather doesn't require it!
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Can you use a regular bulb on a timer?
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Chicks not going in at that age is common, most will go through it and requires you to round them up. What often happens is they stay outside too long than the coop is too dark for them to see and they become scared to go in. As Bobbi-j said you could try a nightlight or just get out there and shag them in.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!

    12 week old birds do not need heat no matter how 'chilly'.

    Lots of windows in the coop for natural light is advantageous all year round.

    Chances are the lighting change it what's got them stalling....
    .....or it could be hot/stuffy in there if you don't have adequate ventilation in the coop.

    How many birds?..... in how big a coop(feet by feet)?
    Pics of coop inside and out might help us help you find a solution.
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