Returning to the coop

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nanblues, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. Nanblues

    Nanblues Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 9, 2011
    Very new to having chickens and figuring everything out. I have a 4X6 coop attached to a 12'X22' screened in run. Will only have 9 layers and one rooster. My question is, if I let them out to the run say at 7 in the morning and leave the coop door open for them all day, will they return themselves to the coop early in the evening or will I have to go into the run and herd them back into the coop? One last question and this may not be the right forum to ask, but if I have the light come on at 4 in the morning should I have food and water avail to them in the coop or can they wait till they get outside?

    Thanks for your help!!

  2. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2011
    Western montana
    They will go in them selves. They k ow as the sun goes down it's bed time. Mine did it from the beginning, and they free range and go to bed also.
  3. starforever61

    starforever61 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2009
    The light sounds early but that's ok. Maybe make it like 5 AM since it's summer. Even though you really don't need a huge light supplement in the summer because the days are so long. But make sure you wait until they have lived there a minimum of 2 weeks to let them free range or you may have some loose chickens on your hands!
  4. Patricia Jane

    Patricia Jane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2010
    Petaluma CA
    Keep them in their coop for a few days or so. That way they will know that's their home. Then they should be fine and go back in at night. Good luck enjoy and [​IMG]
  5. ChickenAl

    ChickenAl Diagnosis...Chicken-Headed

    Jun 5, 2011
    Putnam cty, NY
    Quote:Always a good idea for a few days. After a week or so in the run they should know where to go at dusk. Mine free range an hour before dark and they line up and go in single file usually. Cutest thing to watch.
  6. ChickenAl

    ChickenAl Diagnosis...Chicken-Headed

    Jun 5, 2011
    Putnam cty, NY
    BTW, [​IMG]

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