My chicks are almost 6 weeks old too and we finally got them to go in the coop on their own after 3 days of playing catch the chicken, and they would huddle in a corner of the coop pooping into their water. Ended up getting a battery powered night light that we stuck to the wall with Velcro tape inside the coop. At 8pm we turned on the light and lo and behold they all started marching up the ramp like little soldiers- well, drunk soldiers maybe, some would fall off and stop to have a snack before returning to the line. It went smoother the next day when we put a small bowl of breadcrumbs in the coop as a bribe. Maybe after growing up under the brooder lamp they were scared of being shut into a dark coop - now that I think of it, that's why they were all piled into the corner. With the night light now they can find their roosts and we have happy chicks again!
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5/14/16 at 2:06pm