Will chickens come out of the cold on their own?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sandman, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. Sandman

    Sandman Out Of The Brooder

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    Will chickens come out of the cold on their own? They've been roosting outside for the all summer and now its cold, but they still roost outdoors. Should I remove these roosts to make them come inside to roost?


    later,

    Sandman
     
  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    They'll roost indoors if they get cold enough. Ours would rather roost outside at night in 20 degree weather than go into the coop. At around 18-19 degrees, a few of them will be inside the coop roosting with the remainder still outdoors.

    Hope this helps!

    Dawn
     
  3. greginshasta

    greginshasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours have definately shown a preference of the coop. they will go outside and if the weather turns cold, off they go to the coop. It took 2 nights of sending them to bed before they stopped sleeping outside.
     
  4. Sandman

    Sandman Out Of The Brooder

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    awesome, thanks for the help
     
  5. greginshasta

    greginshasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sandman, just to be specific - for 2 evenings after I finished the coop, I just picked them up and put them inside. After that they went inside themselves.
     
  6. valmom

    valmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours won't come out of the coop now that it's cold:D We open the door every day, they come out on the ramp look at the snow and go right back in!
     

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