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Rebel chickens today #7429872
12/12/21 09:04 PM
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I go out 2 hours after dark to get a hen that wont go in the coop shes roosting in the trees every night I seen the tree she went up into tonight and found her. On the way out the door I see 3 on the deck after catching the one I was after we go for the other 3 on the deck. I look over by the truck and 3 more are standing by it, Ive had a couple out under the yard light before but they were all over tonight I found 2 more under the back deck in total darkness.

They were cooped up the last few days maybe they wanted more fresh air. LOL


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Re: Rebel chickens today [Re: Law Dog] #7429877
12/12/21 09:13 PM
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They're female. Enuff said.


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Re: Rebel chickens today [Re: Law Dog] #7429885
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Mine wont go back in the coop once it gets too cold. they will roost in the trees acting somewhat chilled.

I shake them off the branch and then its time to coop them up for the winter.

Re: Rebel chickens today [Re: Law Dog] #7429896
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Would be interesting to see the coops. In general, they vote with their feet. If they won't use it, they don't like it.

My daughter was given a hand me down coop......aka, the death trap. Hot in summer, cold in winter. Birds wouldn't use it unless forced to. If not, they much preferred to roost on top of the swing set.

Re: Rebel chickens today [Re: Law Dog] #7429902
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Chickens will do that if a predator goes in the coop. I would check your coop well.

Keith

Re: Rebel chickens today [Re: KeithC] #7429907
12/12/21 09:52 PM
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Originally Posted by KeithC
Chickens will do that if a predator goes in the coop. I would check your coop well.

Keith


X2

Took in a stray cat once........it took an interest in the chickens, went into chicken house and coiled up in a next box just as they were going to roost. Chickens were still standing outside well after dark. Evicted cat moved still shook up chickens in........they stopped laying for several days and never did get back to where they were prior to event. Cat found a new home.

Re: Rebel chickens today [Re: Law Dog] #7429933
12/12/21 10:28 PM
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Make the coop to their comfort. Mine loved going in for the night. I always made sure they were comfy in winter and summer. They are the helpless ones. We are their protectors to care for. Period.

Re: Rebel chickens today [Re: Law Dog] #7429937
12/12/21 10:35 PM
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My girls live on easy street the coop is insulated and heated always feed and water available to them. I moved 3 out of the brooder house months ago to put 12 newer ones into it. 2 went in the coop the second time the 3rd one was never interested in the coop she likes the shelter belt evergreen selection.

Just weird the ones staying out are 3 different age classes not one specific age group. I bought 25 last year the tamest chickens Ive ever had they stay right at your feet not spooky like most are. Have had a few stay out after dark under the yard light but tonight was just crazy to have so many out at one time.


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12/12/21 10:42 PM
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Ok, I understand. Either the new ones might be confused by outdoor lights, or the older ones already there are pushing them for priority status.

Keep on them to go inside . Jerry. You'll convince them !

Re: Rebel chickens today [Re: Law Dog] #7429966
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Bring 'em in the house. I bet they'd like it there with t.v. and all.

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Re: Rebel chickens today [Re: Law Dog] #7429973
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I used to have a motion light outside my coop. When the wind blew or some animal set it off I had several hens that would come outside. Once out they would mill around and keep it from going off, they were just asking for an owl to get them. I had to turn off the light to stop that behavior. I never had any refuse to go to the coop to roost.


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Re: Rebel chickens today [Re: Law Dog] #7430022
12/12/21 11:54 PM
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I pitched to stubborn one in the coop and went to get the others and she went right up on the roost with the rest of them. LOL Will check on them shortly and do another look around.


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Jerry Herbst
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Our chickens always head in to coop before dark. However if I try to hurry them in early it's a no go. They do everything they can to avoid going in early. I should know better by now but still try it once in awhile.

Re: Rebel chickens today [Re: KeithC] #7430291
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Originally Posted by KeithC
Chickens will do that if a predator goes in the coop. I would check your coop well.

Keith

X2 happened to me My problem was a mangy red fox took one rooster from the coop and it took a long time to get order back

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Re: Rebel chickens today [Re: Law Dog] #7430296
12/13/21 11:41 AM
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Got them all in I open the door this morning will see what goes on at sunset.


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Jerry Herbst
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Having artificial outside lights may be screwing them up this time of year. Mine are on the roost 14 hours.....off the roost and out and about only 10 hours. Always go to roost within 2 minutes of dusk to dawn lights turning on. They appear to have the same built in light sensors. Exception is the Easter Eggers........they go in a full 1/2 hour before everyone else...to get their preferred spot....which is back corner, back roost. Like my grandmother and her church pew. Woe be to anyone who got there first. But their solution is to get there first, then put their heads down and hang on. The beating will be over in a few minutes.

Otherwise, two factors at work. They have to be homed to the coop......usually takes about a week. Cooped up.....never let outside. And it has to be to their liking......enough room for them all......at least 10 inches of roost space per bird......they like it as high as they can get......and it needs to be well ventilated.......yet draft free. Do that and they go to roost every single night. At least mine always have.

Only had one bird that decided to go elsewhere......and she had been sick and went to bottom of pecking order. Got tired of getting beat up during the day and every night. Spent one year flying up and roosting by herself on a top window sill. When she could no longer do that, saw her sneak off to the barn one night. Coons got her first night. I considered chalked it up as a suicide.

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I have close to 100 chickens and several coops. Many of minr began roosting out in strange areas once cold weather set in good.

Did a little research and found out that if there are fresh droppings from the summer in the co-op it is actually more likely that they will get frostbite in the. Coop than in the trees.

Something about the moisture in the droppings.

I also set out some rat traps and poison in case.

My dogs have kept the possum. Coon and fixed at bay so far.

I am going to take several to my hope auction weds to cut the feed bill down.

My more game thickens..my lakenvelders and Americans are more likely to roost out than some.

And my ROOSTERS are just as bad about roosting out..i have 15 or. So



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Re: Rebel chickens today [Re: Law Dog] #7430313
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Some of moisture comes from droppings but most comes from their breath. They dump a lot of moisture inside at night, and it will condense on anything, including combs. And that is the reason for the ventilation. Air has to turn over.

Uninsulated metal roof and sides is the worst. Under right conditions, it will literally rain inside from all the condensation.

Re: Rebel chickens today [Re: Law Dog] #7430316
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They squabble some but no bulling I put a end to that right away the roost Id chest high and they have a 15 hole nesting box option. The roof is vented in the summer plugged in the winter to hold in the heat. Heat lamp in the cold parts of winter I dont introduce younger birds until they are almost full grown to avoid bulling.


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Jerry Herbst
Re: Rebel chickens today [Re: HayDay] #7430318
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Originally Posted by HayDay
Some of moisture comes from droppings but most comes from their breath. They dump a lot of moisture inside at night, and it will condense on anything, including combs. And that is the reason for the ventilation. Air has to turn over.

Uninsulated metal roof and sides is the worst. Under right conditions, it will literally rain inside from all the condensation.


Heat lamp keeps that down it well insulated dusty if nothing else.


Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

Jerry Herbst
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