I just need to be assured I guess, that my darling dumb clucks, will go into their houses when they get cold enough! This last month when we got all the heavy rain, I had to go out and put them in their houses, because they were just standing there in the downpour! So, do you think they will be smart enough to use their houses this winter?
Thank you Chicken Ranch! I had uncovered my coop to let the sun in, but I can recover just the roost they have, just so I know they have some shelter!
you may have to tuck them in it for a few nights so they get use to it, otherwise, they like to sleep wherever they were use to sleeping. when we lived in the mountains our chickens loved to sleep up in the trees, all winter long, even though they had a cozy coop option. i didi move them to the coop several times, but they kept choosing to come out and sleep in the trees. they did fine.
ok, thank you! The book I researched said they needed to be kept dry and warm. After the downpour incident, I guess I've wondered if they were smart enough to seek shelter if needed! I will go out today and put the coop roof over the area they like to sleep in, in case it rains! I had to coop top covered to shield from the blazing sun, but took it off when it cooled down. I'll just put that section back up! Thanks for your help!
if you have a door on your coop, i would go out for a few evenings after it has gotten dark, scoop them up from wherever they are sleeping, tuck them into the coop and close the door. by the third or fourth night, they should go in on their own. if you do not have a coop door, they may just keep coming back out to their usual sleeping place.
You don't need electricity to keep them safe. Read the first few lines of this article, then keep reading. :) There are safer ways.
No electrical in the houses. I did put a cover over the perch where they like to sleep at night. Just in case it precipitates! And they do have lovely down comforters. Thanks...
I wasn't thinking about electricity. I was only hoping they would have sense to seek cover (like they did not do this monsoon) to seek cover if needed. the only electrical I have is a fan in the summer, I the coop, and a heated water bowl (for outside) for their coop. One of the Catholic Sisters at the convent I work at said basically the same thing, only in less words. I DO appreciate any info. I did TONS of research before getting them, but there is no knowledge like experience!
This is my 1st year. We moved down from Minnesota and I was THRILLED to find out I could have chickens! My Rhode Island red 'Sassy' is the only one not so friendly. But the barred rocks follow me like dogs! They have just begun to lay.