Our chickens have always been free rangers, so they haven't eaten a whole lot of food. And we don't really do treats because of how large our property is. Before our family emergency, everybody was going in to our coop on their own at night to roost. Since I got back, none of them are. They are flying on top of the coop and then flying into a tree. Two months ago I had 23 chickens and I now have 15, 3 of those being lost in the past few days. That's a big loss. And an expensive one at that. How can I get them back into the coop? I know that I need to keep them all confined for a while to "train" them again, but I'm trying to figure out how to get them in there. Like I said, we don't really do treats, so it's hard to lure them in with the rattling the food can trick. And our chickens are not really "people friendly" they usually go running.
They all should be around egg laying age too, so I'm afraid that they are laying somewhere else since I am only getting 2-3 eggs a day.
Thank you in advance for any advice that you guys have!