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My mother who is 80 recently got two hens. A black Australorp and a buff Orpington, they were 15 weeks old. I can't get them to go into the coop at night. They stay in the run. It's been a week.
If I cut their wing feathers can we leave them out in the evening?
So many questions. But they are really nice hens!
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Cutting their wings will take away their only defense - flying.  They will be sitting ducks for predators.  You have to lock them in the coop for a few days - with food and water, so that they imprint on the coop as their home.  Then when you leave them in the run  they should return to the coop at dusk  and you close the door securely.

 

If they won't go up on the  roost pole,  you can pick them up and place them there. Birds do not like to move in the dark.  It may take a while for them to learn about roosts, since there aren't  any other birds to show them.

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post #3 of 6
Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already from DD so I'll just say hello!

 

All the best

CT

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Welcome to BYC :frow Glad you joined the flock! I agree with the above. Put them in the coop at night, they will be much safer there. Night time is when a lot of predators venture out to hunt and a sleeping chicken is perfect prey. Learned that lesson the hard way myself… Rather coop them up where they're safe. After a few days they will have learned (or get bored with being moved every evening) and go in there by themselves. 

 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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:welcomeGreat to have another poultry lover!

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