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Sleeping under the stars

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Johnboy78, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. Johnboy78

    Johnboy78 Chirping

    May 16, 2011
    Outside a week and a half and they have not gone into the coop to sleep. They bunch up in a corner of the run. Around eleven I block the corner with a lawn chair to protect them a little. One of the very few advantages to keeping chickens here is not many predators around. Any raccoons left when I got Xena, my first dobie, fifteen years ago. It's been a dobie yard since. Cats never come in the yard. Seen one opossum in 20 years. So I block them with a lawn chair.

    I put them in the run and expected them to go into the coop. Well that didn't work because they're chicken. Took a few days before they would even jump on the bottom rung of the ladder. I finally lured Catwoman into the coop with waxworms. Two days later Yoko followed her in to go after the bribe.

    So far the only ones who have not visited the coop's interior, or even the ladder, are the RIRs. All the rest have entered, scratched around, for at least a little while. I'm tempted stay with the status quo, see how long it takes them to go to bed where they should. After all they are programmed to seek out that kind of nighttime environment. But they are both chicken and birdbrains.

    She is getting impatient. Tonight's the night they are to be "cooped up" for the night. By force. We can't let them roam until they want to return at night and that's not until they are in the habit of roosting in the coop and she's impatient for them to roam. (I just wandered out and found five taking a nap on the ground and three settled upstairs) I think they are just a few days from making the move on their own. Since She is stronger she will likely prevail.

    2 RIRs Misty and Geena
    2 S/L Catwoman and Maybelline
    2 Hamburgs Ruby and Rorschach
    2 Yokohamas Yoko and Paulette

  2. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Songster

    May 16, 2011
    Please only post once per topic....You have this one posted 3 times
  3. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    You should always put the chicks into their coop for a few days to get them to know where home is. Also it maybe nec. to put them in for a week or so at night. They really need to go in there for their own protection. [​IMG] Gloria Jean
  4. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    Quote:There is a report button for a reason. I'm sure the mods can handle the OPs multiple posts.
  5. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    Quote:I agree with Gloria Jean. When moving youngsters outside you have to teach them where they're suppose to go at night. You're going to have to lock them up at night for a few weeks and eventually they will come to understand that it's safe inside the coop and that's where they should go when it gets dark. [​IMG]

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