Summers end is here and the days are getting shorter. The good news for me will be the girls putting themselves to bed instead of me putting them to bed. The automatic coop door is closing earlier each day. As well as getting darker earlier, it’s much cooler in the evenings now. This seems to be the trigger for the girls.
For the last few evenings Amber has been going in the coop to settle. The first evening this happened, I went up at dusk and Amber was already in the coop. Bluebell was on my little chair, Honey on the store cabinet and Pepper and Dotty on the high perch.
I put Honey in the coop then lifted down Pepper and Dotty and put them in the coop. By this time Bluebell had jumped down from the little chair to the coop roof. This made it easy to put her in the coop. Things are changing!
Last night I was still out with them before dusk. Pepper, Dotty and Bluebell went to the high perch and Honey to the store cabinet. Amber was still out in the garden area wandering around. She then came up to the patio area and had a last top up at the food dish. She then nonchalantly wandered over to the coop and went in.
I put the other girls in just as the door was closing and they were all in by quarter to nine.