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How do I get them to sleep where they belong?

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So, I finally just finished building the coop I was asking g for suggestions about on here. But over the last couple months while I was building, my chickens have gone from sleeping in their not-good-enough coop to roosting on the rails of my gazebo. Tonight one was actually on top of my gazebo... how did she get there? But even more important, how can I get them to sleep in the new and improved coop? I was kind of upset she was on top of my gazebo, so my husband and I went out and took them one by one to the roost in the new coop. So they are sleeping there tonight. But what if they try to sleep on the gazebo again tomorrow instead of their new coop?
post #2 of 7


I would suggest locking them in the coop for at least 48 hours - chickens are creatures of habit and never seem to do what we want them to do - silly things!

 

CT

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It's funny but yet it's not since you want them on the roost in the "new" coop.  Your hen flew up there, they do fly :(  There's a thread on trimming the flight feathers on one wing, luckily I haven't had to do that.  They're used to perching on the gazebo rails, you can try taping some rough sand paper or polish it so they slide off but once they know the roost is there, think they'll get the message.  Another good training method is the spray bottle :)  Get one that sprays straight & far, they'll see you grab it & get the message.  I use that to teach mine to stay away from our fence, one side neighbor got dogs that would LOVE to get my chickens....I've squirted the dogs (on purpose) several times, now when they see me coming with the squirt bottle they take off :)    Good luck.

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squirt bottles are also good for roo training!

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squirt bottles are also good for roo training!

That is good to know, as my rooster is super protective of his girls, which means he is not fond of me and my family.
Edited by mendiolachicks - 11/1/15 at 9:48pm
post #6 of 7
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Well, tonight was slightly better. 1 hen chose to sleep I'm the new coop and the other hen and rooster had to be moved from my gazebo to the new coop. 1 out of 3 isn't bad for night 2..
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There is no way to lock them in the coop and run for a couple days until they all sleep on the roosts then let them free range again?

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