The Chickens are Restless... why?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MIChickandGuinea, Jun 17, 2018.

  1. MIChickandGuinea

    MIChickandGuinea Songster

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    Do chickens sleep poorly when the weather is unusually hot/humid (for our area... it’s probably 80-85 outside right now, which I realize is NOT hot by many people's standards, but our birds are used to a cooler northern climate). I was just peeking at our live-streaming chicken cam to make sure our broody and new chicks were looking settled and safe. I noticed that several of the hens were awake and walking back and forth on roosts, even though it’s hours past dark. I went outside to check for invaders in their coop, and saw nothing. But while outside, i heard the bantams shuffling and fussing in their coop also (and again, no invaders).

    Their coops are extremely well-ventilated. Windows are wide open and every bird has the opportunity to roost right against an open window (with hardware cloth) if she wants to. There’s a good breeze tonight too. Not sure why the birds are awake!
     
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  2. Wyorp Rock

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    How much light do you have in your coop at night?

    You may also want to check them for lice/mites if they are unsettled, but it sounds like they have light to see, so they are milling about.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

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    Are storms are heading your way?
     
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  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Rolling Down The River Premium Member

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    Curious as storms past through here, and I assume they will be heading to Michigan next. Another option is Mosquitoes. It can be hard to say for sure as most of us don't have a camera to see what our birds are up to at night.
     
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  5. MIChickandGuinea

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    No light at night. The camera has night vision.
     
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  6. stormrobin

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    I checked in mine tonight in the middle of a nasty storm and to shut their window and mine were all settled in but jumpy. They were quite reactive when I walked in which they usually aren’t, but no one walked to roost. A few stood up and was restless. But could be they are also more used to the storms? Been having quite a few here lately. Sorry I’m not a lot of help.
     
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  7. Wyorp Rock

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    Well....:oops: Mine are sleeping right now if that helps:cool:

    I've never seen any of mine wandering around at night on my camera, that is why I'm wandering how much light is shining in. Even during bad wind, rain/thunderstorms my girls seem to sleep through it. (I've watched)
     
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  8. MIChickandGuinea

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    We have storms in the area (though not here), and soooooo many mosquitoes. Maybe that’s it.
     
  9. MIChickandGuinea

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    My funny husband set up a chicken cam so we can always see what’s up with the little girls
     
  10. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Crossing the Road

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    Hmmm...do you have a neighbor that perhaps has an outdoor light shining in a window?

    The only other thing I can think of that might make them move around at night would be mites/lice or a mouse/rat(?) You may want to go out there with a flashlight and shine it on some bums and under wings to see if they have any mites bothering them. (mites only come out at night)
     
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