Will they find their way down to the run?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pansophia, May 4, 2007.

  1. pansophia

    pansophia Out Of The Brooder

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    Hiya.

    My two chickens came home on Wednesday and I'm having so much fun watching them! They aren't too friendly yet but I'll keep bringing treats til they have to love me [​IMG]

    Anywho, we have a two-story coop. Coop above and small run below (which we will expand soon, but wanted to get the settled in first). The first night one found her way up and I moved the second one. Last night they both found their way upstairs and to the roost.

    In the mornings however, will they decide when they are ready to come down? Hubby moved them to the ramp yesterday when he had the day off and today we both work so I moved them to the ramp a little bit ago (about 10am). They are down in the run with their food and water now.

    Should we just let them stay "upstairs" until they get hungry enough to wander down to food and water? They don't have a window in their coop yet but it seems like the hole for the ramp lets in enough light for them to know it's morning.

    You know, I read every website I could find and several books as well but there's really very little out there about the mundane day to day what to expect stuff. So if I ask some dumb questions, I'm sorry!

    -Kate
     
  2. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    they will figure it out. just give them time to adjust. [​IMG]
     
  3. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    They just got put in a new environment...so they're a little skiddish.

    THey'll wander more and more each day as they get comfortable with their surroundings.

    Sandra
     
  4. pansophia

    pansophia Out Of The Brooder

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    So should I continue helping them down or just let them figure it out from now on?
     
  5. cheapcheap_jeepjeep

    cheapcheap_jeepjeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think they well get it. I would let do it on there own.

    But that is just me
     
  6. pansophia

    pansophia Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, y'all were right. It took a couple of days but they are now going up and down like old pros. It's good as the weather has been windy and drizzly the last few days. They are spending a lot more time up in the coop.

    They seem to just be hanging out up there, scratching for some of the grains I scattered amongst the bedding. I'm dorky enough to have installed a webcam so I can see what they're up to.

    They aren't old enough to lay so we haven't installed nest boxes yet. Is there anything else we should put in the coop to make them more comfortable? It has a light now and will have a window soon.
     

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