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Roosting changes

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CluckDynasty, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. CluckDynasty

    CluckDynasty Out Of The Brooder

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    My 9 pullets and 1 Roo (he was supposed to be a pullet) put themselves to bed every night and I go out just before dark to shut and lock the coop door. Tonight 3 of the pullets had decided they were going to roost on a board outside in their chicken yard. I could not get them in so my husband came out to help and he had to pick each one up and put them in the coop. They are 17 and 18 weeks old and started putting themselves up from day one. What's going on with these 3 girls? Can't leave them out as there is no cover over their yard and we have lots of coyotes and raccoons where we live. just curious because it was so out of character. I normally let them out around 7 am when it's light outside. This morning had to let them out earlier, around 6 am, and it was still dark. Maybe that confused them! Anyone else have this happen?
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] If there a chance that one of the other pullets or the rooster is picking on them and they are afraid to go in the coop. Sometimes it helps if you have a small light on timer, so it's on about 20 minutes when they should be back in the coop.
     
  3. CluckDynasty

    CluckDynasty Out Of The Brooder

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    So far everyone seems to get along really well. When I went out to shut the door tonight there was a piece of paper on the floor of the coop (guess it blew in in the 30 minutes since I'd last been out there). They might have been scared of it, I guess. I hadn't really thought of that. We will see what tomorrow brings!
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
     
  5. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome and good luck!
     
  6. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and a belated [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us!
     
  8. CluckDynasty

    CluckDynasty Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you all from a very hot Central Texas! No more problems with the girls putting themselves up at night...must have been that mean ole paper that blew into the coop! Put pine shavings in their laying boxes yesterday and new boards to make it easy for them to get to the boxes. Was afraid they would start roosting in the boxes but everyone was on the roosts when I went to open the door this morning! Yeah! Hope it's the same every morning!
     
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. As you have learned sometimes the slightest thing can cause them to change their routine. I use a deep litter method in my coops/lofts. Frequently when I change bedding the birds are reluctant to enter the coop. That piece of paper was the 'bogey man' to your 3 pullets.
     

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