Where do free range momma and chicks sleep?

natemoore1986

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Just curious where a free range mother hen and her brood of chicks would sleep. Could young chicks follow their mother up a ladder or ramp to get into a roost?
 

azygous

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Chicks under one week will have a problem trying to get into any nest other than at ground level. Toward the end of week one, chicks have enough wing development to make hops of a few inches. By the end of week two, they can flutter up to a nest a foot off the ground. Maybe more.
 

natemoore1986

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Chicks under one week will have a problem trying to get into any nest other than at ground level. Toward the end of week one, chicks have enough wing development to make hops of a few inches. By the end of week two, they can flutter up to a nest a foot off the ground. Maybe more.

So for now, the seven gallon bucket on the ground is good. Awesome.
 

natemoore1986

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Also, the mama might go down and sleep with her chicks if there is no heat lamp.

For now, all they have (mom and her one chick) is the 7 gallon bucket and a tarp to give them shade. I'm designing a new coop that can hold up to 12 roosting chickens. I'm wondering if very young chicks can walk up a slightly inclined ramp to the coop? I'm only going to elevate it about a 15" above the ground so they can have shade underneath.
 

natemoore1986

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I've had the new coop ready for occupancy for several days, but she still prefers the bucket on the ground.
 

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