Why are my chickens roosting outside

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  1. FrancisA

    FrancisA Are you scared?

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    They have a big walk in coop with roosting branches and they still choose to sleep outside. Some go inside, some are outside. Is it because of heat? Any chicken owners here? They’ve been ok for a week now but that one night something shows up is my concern...
  2. R Acree

    R Acree WTF

    Obviously your chickens have come home to roost.
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  3. FrancisA

    FrancisA Are you scared?

    Sir I’m gonna need you to step outside
  4. R Acree

    R Acree WTF

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  5. IrocRob

    IrocRob Well-Known Member

    You can take him outside, but just don't make him cross the road.......
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  6. Lawdog78

    Lawdog78 Well-Known Member

    They will probably move inside when the owls start coming around
  7. R Acree

    R Acree WTF

    I ain't skeeeeeered. I have a new reflective vest.
  8. StanTheMan

    StanTheMan Well-Known Member

    Social distancing Coop is restricted to only 50% capacity
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  9. FrancisA

    FrancisA Are you scared?

    I’ve never seen an owl around here but if it’s going to be something like that that makes them go inside then I guess so be it... I was hoping it was because of the heat...

    I already killed off a few coyotes that took half of my old flock, now I got chicks I’m raising to restock the numbers. And now these fuckers won’t go inside. I did read something about putting a light in the coop would make them go in there do you know if that’s true or not? because I’d have to run some underground conduit if that’s the case
  10. RRP

    RRP Kinda Superbikey

    You have raccoons, foxes, or some other predator.
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  11. YamahaRick

    YamahaRick Yamaha Two Stroke Czar

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  12. FrancisA

    FrancisA Are you scared?

    so they’re sleeping outside because there are predators? I’m aware of the predators I killed a few, but why would this caused them to sleep outside? The first day I got the rooster he slept outside and wouldn’t go in the coop and then the hens started doing the same thing
  13. RRP

    RRP Kinda Superbikey

    We just had a raccoon decimate our chickens, killed 9 of the 10 we had in a week or so. Chickens are not smart and the group follows what one does, so my guess is they are hiding in the trees because the predator has figured out how to get in the coop.

    No expert, just what we went through recently.
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  14. Bloodhound

    Bloodhound Well-Known Member

    I'd wonder about heat in the coop.
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  15. FrancisA

    FrancisA Are you scared?

    gotcha the old coop they had, it had no way of getting in they actually got killed one morning when I let them out way too early and I’m almost 100% sure a coyote got them because I saw paw prints (after I buried the body of the one I found I saw the print because it came to dig it up again).

    no animal has ever broken into the coops but I’ll keep what you said in mind
  16. FrancisA

    FrancisA Are you scared?

    yeah I was thinking this because when I look inside there I see some of them with their mouths open... i’m thinking I should add a screen window I can cover up in the winter to the side of the wall.

    thanks for the replies - was just curious if anyone had seen the same situation.
  17. Bloodhound

    Bloodhound Well-Known Member

    Yeah, mouth open is often stressed, be it hot or scared.

    If you had a raccoon issue all of them would likely have been dead in a night so I was ruling out predators. They usually just go "full killing spree".
  18. CB186

    CB186 go f@ck yourself

    Lake Fork Guy/OSG?
  19. Jedb

    Jedb Professional Novice :-)

    Can you add a roof vent?

  20. Sprinky

    Sprinky Well-Known Member

    I don’t see really any ventilation on that coop. I have windows approx 12”x12” that I take off in the spring and put back on in fall. Permanent vents at the eave which are 3”x10”ish Plus they’re door stays open year round which is low and 10”x18” and I could still probably use more. Also some breeds are more likely to roost in trees. My boss and another co-worker each have leghorns and they constantly have to get them out of the trees at night

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