Six weeks old! Happy chickens so far.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Peppercorngal, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. Peppercorngal

    Peppercorngal Songster

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    My chicks are now six weeks old (well, on Tuesday 3/13!) and seem to have chickening down to a science. They come out into the run automatically (the door is always open) in the morning and I feed them. Then it's time for a nap, some of them like to roost, some just sit in the straw. They go into the coop at night when it gets dark. I still check to see if they are all in there especially if a freeze is expected. Ethel is my runt, she looks awful! The only "problem" (which is not a problem really) is that they won't go inside at dark unless the light is on in the coop. Not the heat lamp, that's gone, just the ceiling light. If the light is off they just pile up outside the coop door! Funny chickens! They know who I am (I didn't handle them as babies) and come to the sound of my voice. Two of them in particular (Ethel is one) likes to follow me and I have to be careful they don't try to leave the coop with me. We are all in love! :love I've shown you mine, now show me yours!

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  2. andreanar

    andreanar Crowing

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    Some of mine, fighting over the dirt bathtub!
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  3. Peppercorngal

    Peppercorngal Songster

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    Pretty chickens you have! We have lots of dirt & crushed granite so there is no fighting here! Thanks for sharing. :frow
     
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    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    Regarding the chicks not wanting to coop at night: they can't see in the dark very well so if the coop isn't well lit they don't want to put themselves in at night. So just leave a light on for them until they get settled in for the night, or you can add more windows to provide natural light.
     
  5. Peppercorngal

    Peppercorngal Songster

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    Thanks, I have been leaving the light on for them to find their way in now. We are not going to add windows. Bears like to tear up and through windows and they are our main predator. Thanks again! :D
     
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    Stacinfl Chirping

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    interesting! We put a little battery operated lantern inside the coop the first night, thought it would just be a part time transitional thing- but I guess they like a night light!
     
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    E1BF1958-27B0-4D5D-9D13-C120BBF89459.jpeg 257B2EDD-494D-45B9-B2D0-0A1C362492F1.jpeg Here is one of mine harassing her gold sister
     
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    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    I think bears can tear through anything! How about electric fencing around your run to manage the bears, and a big window in the coop, with hardware cloth and woven wire fencing over it, for light and ventilation.
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    Electric fence is in the works, we have everything to do it, we just need to do it! I'm sure Husband will not add windows to the coop, he's not happy about "everything I do around here is for chickens". :hmm
     

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