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When will my chicks move into the roosting house?

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I just introduced my 15 chicks hatched (incubator) about six weeks ago into the chicken run/roost house last night. When I moved them after dark I put them in the house but tonight when they came into the run and I locked the door for the night they just huddle in the corner while the rest of the chickens go into the house. Will they figure it out or do I need to move them in for a few nights straight till they get the picture? Also will they learn to use the elevated roosts on their own? The last batch had a momma to help them. These are incubated.

 

Any input would be appreciated.

 

Thanks, Charlie 

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You should usher them in before dark, eventually they will catch on, and they will probably huddle on the floor for a bit before they start trying to roost.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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You should usher them in before dark, eventually they will catch on, and they will probably huddle on the floor for a bit before they start trying to roost.

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Every day is a gift... enjoy it...

 
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Thanks, that is what I thought I might need to do.

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Well, there really is an easier way to get chicks to go into the coop at night. You need to teach them using their own strong instincts.

 

Wait until the adults have roosted and the chicks are making their bedtime trilling noises. Then you go into the coop, preferably with a light so the chicks can see where they're going and lure them inside with their favorite treat.

 

If you try to chase them down and grab them and stuff them inside, it just stresses everyone and the process takes much longer than it needs to.

 

The first night, it may take some time to get them to come inside. But the rest will usually go in once one or two do. The second night will be a little easier, and perhaps by the third night, they will be starting to go in on their own.

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