Someone please help me figure out how to get my silkies to go in the coop at night! I have 3, 4 month old silkies and 11 LF. All the LF and 1 Silkie go inside at dark. The coop is not high off the ground. It's sitting maybe 1 ft off the ground on cinder blocks. I made sure the ramp wasn't too steep, I trimmed their feathers around their eyes. I don't know what else to do. The other 2 just snuggle up under the ramp and go to sleep. I would let them, but the run is only secured with chicken wire so I'm afraid they'll become a midnight snack if I don't lock them in the coop. Any suggestions?
Chickens are creatures of habit. A year or so ago I had the same problem. I just kept picking silkies up off the ground about dark and putting them in the coop and shutting the door. I'm thinking it took about 2 weeks or a little more of that until they were toddling in themselves. and one took a couple of days longer than the rest. Unless the bigger chickens are picking on them and they are afraid to go in because of the others, it shouldn't take too long. And once they get it, they will be fine. My silkies all sleep on the floor of the coop in a pile not on the very short roosts provided for them but they are happy and I honestly don't care much. They seem happy and they got thought the whole winter just fine.