Should I let them stay in their coop during the day if they want?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChlorophyllChick, May 27, 2011.

  1. ChlorophyllChick

    ChlorophyllChick In the Brooder

    May 27, 2011
    Our chickens are about 6-7 weeks old now and we started leaving them outside overnight on Monday with a heat lamp in the coop at night. The weather was bad yesterday- very windy and rainy- so they went back inside the coop during bad parts of the day to get out of the weather. Today is nice again- sunny, dry, and warm, but they keep going back inside. I know they aren't cold, I think they are just a bit scared after that weather yesterday and feel more comfortable/ safer inside. I'm just wondering if I should close the coop during the day when the weather is nice so they can't go back in to teach them where they are supposed to be or is it OK if they want to stay inside?
  2. carrlr

    carrlr Songster

    Mar 31, 2010
    Southern Illinois
    I'd let them do what they want. IMO it takes them a little while to get used to their surroundings. Going back and forth from inside to outside is perfectly normal behavior.
  3. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    Sounds like you're chicks are doing great but be careful about closing the coop during the day as it may get too hot
  4. Zoomom

    Zoomom Certified Cackleberry Consumer

    Jan 22, 2009
    Ontario, Canada
    Let them go in and out as they please during the day and just lock up at night to prevent predators from getting them.
  5. Arcnadius

    Arcnadius Songster

    Aug 1, 2010
    Western WI
    Mine do the same thing, probably a comfort issue. I only keep my coop open during the day, though. They won't go out at night.

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