Wow!! How long?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by TexasJ, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. TexasJ

    TexasJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm picking up my chickens (pullets) tomorrow! :) I have nesting boxes blocked roost ready food water and one question......I was told to keep the chickens in the coop for about a week? Or till they start using their roost? I have a 6'x4' coop and a 14'x12' fully Enclosed run. So my question is how long should they stay in the coop before I let them out???
     
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  2. willowbranchfarm

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    If it is a fully enclosed run I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    If they aren't free ranging then IMO you can just keep the food in the coop and let them go into the run - they will naturally migrate back to the food.

    You could even put a little flashlight out there inside the coop to turn on when the sun starts going down to encourage them to roost in there.

    If all else fails you can go into the run, collect them one by one and put them on the roost until they get the idea. Make sure you don't have roosts up in the run though just for this time so they won't be tempted to roost there at night (if you can take them down easily).

    For free rangers (if you change your mind and let them free range some), I'd definitely keep them in the coop for a week unless the weather is too hot/summer and they might die in there if it's an oven, or if the coop is too small for them to be prancing around in there all at once all day.
     
  4. TexasJ

    TexasJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanx roost are easily taken down in the run. Do you think they will freak out and start trying to get out the run it is 8' tall and covered 14'x12' wide
     
  5. willowbranchfarm

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    I dont think they will. They might be excited to have a new place to explore though.
     
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

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    Chickens love to explore new places.
     
  7. TexasJ

    TexasJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like ill have to try it out worst case ill need to pick them up at night and put them in their coop ill be getting them in the afternoon so they can check out their surroundings before dark 30
     
  8. TexasJ

    TexasJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad to see helpful people here :)
     
  9. willowbranchfarm

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    When I first got mine they didnt go up at first, so for 2 nights I put them up and I went to put them up one night and they were already up. Congrats on getting new chickens.
     
  10. TexasJ

    TexasJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That would be nice sounds like you got some smart ones ill post pics when I bring them home for y'all to see
     

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