Ever wonder what happens when chickens go to sleep? I had heard that chickens liked to go back in their coop at dusk but I wasn’t prepared for how rigid their bedtime was. Every night at about the same time they all start walking up the little ramp from their run into their coop. I started keeping track for a few days to see what time their little chicken minds were telling them it was time for bed:
They seem to be getting a little later each night, which makes sense since sunset has been about a minute later each night.
A few nights ago they all went to bed but FoShizzle must have been distracted because she was left behind. She ran back and forth calling out for her friends until finally Rey (the large brown hen chickie) ran out to help her, but that didn’t help either. FoShizzle ran all over the coop looking for the other chicks. (I think her large plume of feathers is starting to affect her ability to see above her line of sight.)
All the chicks went to bed as usually tonight…except FoShizzle…she must have been daydreaming. Then she couldn’t figure out where everyone went and ran around calling for her friends…they kept calling back for her but she forgot how to get into the coop. At one point you can see Rey come back out for her! Eventually she figured it out. ??? #sunset #chickencoop #raisingchickens
Eventually she found her way into the coop, where she was able to climb up to the top roost with the others:
They sleep every night on the top roost in their coop. I have to get some video of that soon…it’s very entertaining. They spend about 30 minutes trying to get the best spot on the roost, squeezing towards one side, sometimes squeezing each other off the roost completely and then the entire process starts again. They sleep perched on their little roosts all night and are so excited when we reopen the coop door again in the morning. The below time lapse was when they were first learning to roost, on a small makeshift roost just off the floor:
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