in about 2 weeks we will be moving our 4 girls to their coop, I read that they need to be "confined" to the coop for 3 or 4 days then let out in the run and they will learn to go back into the coop. if this is true where do you keep the food and water? and our coop is attached to the run and they cannot get out of the run at any time unless we open the door food and water will be kept outside so how is the best way to move them to the coop?
moving to coop
Skip the 3 or 4 day confinement. Just put them into coop at night. Next morning just open coop. They will come out on their own. At evening, just put them into coop manually. You may be surprised that they go into coop on their own after just one night.
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awesome thank you!! will they walk up the ramp on their own? and also how is the best way to introduce new chickens
Make sure you have some items like crates, boxes or such in your run. The new comers will be chased around and pecked on. They need a place to run away to and hide. Not sure of your setup, but integrating new chickens is best done if the new ones are separated with a see thru barrier like chicken wire for a while. In time they will get used to each other. I never did it that way, and never had much chasing. My run is crowded with interesting things, so chickens keep busy and are not bothered by new comers.
To answer your ramp question, sometimes they need a little help at first. You can use bricks or other blocks to put under the ramp to make the angle less steep as they are getting used to it. But they will figure it out eventually.
That is a great idea, as it increases the run size with little effort. You can also initially make access to that area so your smaller young ones can enter, and the older large chickens cant. Use cardboard or something temporary to experiment with. If the young ones run in there, they will not be chased by the others. Easiest way is to limit the height. The older chickens will not go to extremes of crawling on their bellies to get to the new comers.
Edited by cavemanrich - 4/7/16 at 11:58am