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Ive been "training" the girls to come when called. Its been going great and they got to the point that whenever Id even look at them they'd come running. It took less than 2 days to establish this lesson. We also used watermelon (how I trained them to come) to get them in the coop every night. Theyve been free ranging while we get the run completed. So every night we have the wrangle them up and last night was probably the most stressful and frustrating one yet. One of the girls wouldnt come when called, wouldnt come near us. We got the other 3 in the coop and eventually let them out because our one girl was hiding under a large bush and wouldnt come out. So we let all the girls out and low and behold she came out and everyone was fine. However, they all wouldnt come when called nor would they even take the watermelon. I left for work and left the wrangling to my husband. He text me to let me know they were all in the coop and they basically all went in on their own. Awesome!

Well, I woke up this morning and called them and they all ignored me. So I went inside to grab some watermelon. Normally they spy it and come running. There was zero movement, zero interest. One of my girls ended up coming out after some coaxing and after a few mins another came and grabbed a piece but the 2 others remained under the tree. They wouldnt come out. They waited for me to throw the watermelon under the bush.

Did we lose their trust? Are they mad? How do I go about rebuilding this if I did indeed break that trust?
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Most chickens will come running if they think you have food, that's normal. By chasing them around you scared them, you were acting like a predator. I never call my birds, just shaking the can is enough. They can't be trained like dogs only conditioned, so go back to the beginning and do it again. How old are they? Teenage chicks are notorious for running amok and being hard to put in the coop at night.
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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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