What time do chickens go in the coop?

Ideally, chicks will not require a heat source when moving from brooder to coop. If the temperatures outside remain above 65°F and the chicks are at least 6 weeks old, they can move into the coop without supplemental heat. Watch and listen to the chickens.
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What time of day do chickens go in the coop?

Chickens go into the coop to roost at dusk when the light starts to drop so that they're not left outside in the dark. The time they go in will change each day as days start to get shorter or longer.
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What time should I let the chickens out of the coop?

Normally around sunrise is best, but if your work schedule dictates that you leave before sunup, as long as your run is predator-proofed, you can open the coop door and the chickens will come out on their own when it gets light out.
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What time do your chickens go to bed?

Chickens will usually roost around dusk and will be asleep by sundown. The exact time will vary through the year. If your chickens won't go to bed there is a variety of reasons and solutions. Except when it's seriously overcast and rainy bedtime for chickens begins 30 minutes before sundown.
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What time do chickens get up in the morning?

Sometime between 2:30am and 5:30am: The chickens wake up.

Chickens wake up really early. Like way earlier than we want to get up early. Chicken brains are super light sensitive, which is both cool and creepy—they're so sensitive to light they absorb it through their skull even with their eyes closed!
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Coop Training, Teaching Chickens to Lay and Sleep in the Coop

Can chickens stay in coop and run all the time?

So yes, chickens can stay inside their coop all day as long as they have everything they need for the entire day, including light. If your coop does not have windows you can put in lights and a timer, but that often requires running electric and many people don't want to do that outside.
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Can you leave chickens out overnight?

Can chickens stay in the run at night? If your run is completely secure then you can leave the hens in the run overnight. All my hens are free ranged from dawn to dusk and I shut them in the coop securely at night. The trouble with having hens on display is it might help bring predators in to your backyard.
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How do I train my chickens to go in the coop at night?

Here's what to do:
  1. Keep your chickens in their coop for 1-2 weeks.
  2. Start letting them out at the same time every morning.
  3. Watch to see when your chooks return to their roost.
  4. Close the coop at the same time every night.
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Do chickens need water in the coop at night?

That's a good question! Chickens need to have access to their food and water at all times when they're awake. However, once they return to roost at night, they sleep soundly and won't get up to eat or drink.
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Why won't my chickens go into the coop at night?

Pests & Predators

If it is all the flock suddenly refusing to go into the coop, the likely cause is they have been visited by a predator at night or the coop is infested. First off, buy yourself a ChickenGuard and make sure the coop and run is fully secure from predators.
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What do hens do in the morning?

What Time Do Chickens Wake up? A chicken's day is governed by daylight hours, so they wake up and become active when it becomes light. In the summer months, when the days are longer, chickens will start making noise earlier than they would in the winter when it doesn't get light until later in the morning.
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Should I leave the coop door open during the day?

The chicken coop door or any other entrance should not be left open at night. Leaving the chicken coop door open would make it easy for predators to attack the chickens and eat or harm them. Also, human intruders could steal your chickens.
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At what age do chickens start roosting at night?

Providing comfortable perches inside the coop gives them a safer place to spend the night. You can start training chickens to use roosts while they are young. By the time light breeds reach four weeks of age and heavy breeds about six weeks, they're ready to roost on low perches.
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How Far Will chickens roam from their coop?

Keeping chickens inside the run and coop area for around three days to one week is enough time for them to know their new home and where to return to once let out. How far will chickens wander? Even with unlimited space chickens won't wander too far from the coop and they will generally keep it in view as they graze.
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Do chickens need a light at night?

Chickens do not need light at night. They require at least 6 to 8 hours of darkness to get a good night's sleep. This downtime is imperative to the chicken's health and well-being, just as much as daylight or artificial light for 12 to 14 hours per day is critical for laying eggs.
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Do chickens go to bed on their own?

Chickens will put themselves to bed. You don't have to do anything. They don't all have the same schedule. The Old Girls make their way onto the roost well before the young hens even consider going inside.
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Are chickens afraid of the dark?

Chickens and birds are afraid of the dark since they can't see, and they also fear attacks from predators. Free-range chickens will enter the coop once night sets in to avoid being out in the dark. Darkness causes tension in chickens, and some chickens can also be noisy when they experience darkness at night.
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Do chickens need daily attention?

Although low-maintenance, chickens do require a small amount of daily care as well as some monthly and semi-annual maintenance. Plan on spending 10 minutes a day on your pet chickens, an hour or so per month, plus a few hours twice a year on semi-annual chores.
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How often do you feed chickens a day?

How Often to Feed Chickens. Ideally, you should split your chicken's feed into two servings daily. If you're home during the day, you can even make this 3-4 small feedings. Chickens enjoy small, frequent meals as opposed to large meals once a day.
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How many nesting boxes do I need for 4 chickens?

A good rule of thumb is a ratio of one nesting box for every four chickens. Constructing boxes from found materials can save on costs and give character to the backyard coop. Boxes need not be square, but should be roomy enough to contain a laying hen, yet small enough to feel secure.
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Do chickens like being petted?

Many chickens love being given affection and one key way you can give it to them is by petting them. However, they usually only allow this type of contact once they get used to you and if you interact with them calmly and gently.
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Do chicken coops attract rats?

Rats are not attracted to chickens. However, they are attracted to chicken feed, and love stealing a freshly laid egg. Rats are also attracted to nice, warm, cozy places to live, especially if there is a reliable food source nearby.
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How long should I keep my chickens inside?

Taking Baby Chicks Outside The Coop

Chicks stay in the brooder until they have developed most of their juvenile feathers, usually about six weeks. Or until they start escaping the brooder on their own! By about four or five weeks, young chickens can flutter enough to get out of a cardboard box.
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