I should say right at the start that we are new to keeping chickens and have only had our 3 for a few days but we have been enjoying the learning process immensely!
However there is one question that came up and we haven't been able to easily answer - why did all our chickens decided to head back into the coop for a mid-afternoon "nap"? It wasn't too cold, there was no rain and nothing was about to scare them so does anyone have any ideas?
As there have been no replies I can only assume that my first assumption was correct - they just felt like a nap! - but I have to recognise that there must also be some element of the nervous new "parent" getting worked up.
Some other advice I have had was that if the "leader" decides to pop back in for a snooze then the others are likely to follow and this makes a lot of sense to me.
If you're interested, here is a recent blog post about our new arrivals http://notionlogic.co.uk/blog/chickens/
Chickens do sometimes play 'follow my leader', probably because they think they might be missing something. It's possible they all felt the urge to look around the nest box in preparation for when they start nesting. However, chickens will go to bed earlier if it's dark and cloudy, although they usually go up just before sunset. I hope you continue to enjoy your chooks.
If you enjoy learning, you might want to think about bees next! ;) There is even more to learn there and they are really fascinating.
Thanks for the confirmation and that all seems to fit with what we were seeing.
Unfortunately I've been away on business a bit lately and from what I hear now the pecking order is apparently starting to change. The formerly timid Black Rock is trying to exert some influence over the Amber who was the "boss" when they first arrived. We'll have to keep an eye on how that develops...
It seems that the third hen we have (a Bovan Goldline) is not fussed who is in charge though ! :)
Yes we found that with our first 3 chickens; the one who seemed in charge to begin with - she seemed to be the eldest and mothered the other two to start with - became less dominant with time.