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07/06/2014 at 19:45
I can't quite decide - last night they were falling asleep at 7.30 so I actually put them to bed at that time but wanted to get them into a routine of going to bed at a set time. I let them out at 6am this morning although they were awake already and waiting to come out.
And I do mean chickens not children
07/06/2014 at 20:52
Hehe, mine usually settle down when dusk starts and they find their own way to bed - I've got an enclosed run. It's in a sheltered spot so I don't worry too much about shutting their door in the summer months.
07/06/2014 at 21:50
Mine have an enclosed run too but they were settling down on the floor to sleep, last night and tonight, and then they aren't using the roosts, they are sleeping in the nesting box. It's almost as if they haven't read any of the chicken guides!
I have so many questions for you, which just hadn't occurred to em until we have had them for 48 hours.
OMG how much do they poop? Even U didn't poop this much!
Do you have an open floor straight onto the soil? If not what is on the floor? What is your cleaning routine with the floor?
07/06/2014 at 22:02
Are yours rescue hens? Mine were ex-battery hens and slept on the floor for a bit but soon got the gist of the box after herding them in several times - the sole hen left still sleeps in the nesting box, I'm hoping the chicks will roost when they're big enough to go in with big mama hen! They do poo everyone, Gladys, the big mama hen, is free-ranging round the garden and has shat by the gate that goes into the main bit of the garden so it's a minefield. I usually hose it away. In the hen run, it's straight onto soil so it's not really an issue. The straw in the coop gets cleared out once a week and will go into the compost bin, along with the poop, so I'll have potent compost when it's broken down!
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