Going down is "easier" for them, try using the mealworms to teach them how to go up......Put some on the ramp leading up to the coop, have some in the coop so they know once they get up there, it's yummy time. Takes time but they'll get it, right now they probably figure Mommy will put us to bed :)
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Well the girls were all sleeping outside again when I came home from work this evening, so they know how to go down the ramp, but not up. I put them back inside again. Hopefully after a few days they will start to catch on! I may try bribing them with mealworms on each of the rungs to try and see if I can encourage them to go up the ramp tomorrow.
Well darn. I was hoping your girls would have a nice surprise for you and be in their coop. I've never fed mealworms...but I bet they love that!
Last night I had two Silkie crosses that couldn't find the opening to the run. They headed south (away from the run) even though they couldn't see in the dusk and I think they would have just kept going...lol. I headed them off and brought them back to coop. Tonight I wasn't home so our son shut them in so I hope every chickie was around. Find out tomorrow I guess.
Edited by Wickedchicken6 - 12/8/15 at 7:29pm
But it's good to hear that they're at east getting the gist of it. Definitely keep up the good work! They're gonna get it and it's going to be fantastic!
(My husband actually saw one of our purebred Silkies in our front tree!)
All of my chickens finally found the gate to run. I exchanged longer pieces of rough lumber for what I was using for the pop door ramps and they seem to like those better. Now they go through the pop door easily. Whew!
The guinea fowl...I just don't know.
How is are your girls doing with the ramp?
Thanks for asking - things are pretty much the same...it seems they are fine with going down, and they still aren't going up. I am thinking of re-doing the ramp and adding a second section to it to make it less steep. For now, I put them to bed at night in the roosting box.
If anything changes I'll post again and add an update :)