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moving chickens into a new coop

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We are just about finished building the girls a new house. They are 3 months old and have been using the old house since we moved them out of the brooder. So for about 6 wks. My question is how to acclimate them to the new place and get them to go into in instead of the old one. Both are right next to each other. Will it be as simple as closing one door and opening the other and turning the light on in the new one? Or are we in for an adjustment period? They have been putting themselves to bed at night for quite some time.
Any advice?

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Had the exact same thing happen.  Built an old coop right next to the new one.  I locked up the old one, but the gals didn't want to go into the new one, so naturally I was chasing chickens.  Then I got the bright idea....I let them go into the old coop, then I gathered them up and put them into the new coop.  Made things much easier. 

So I kept them inside the new coop (it's really big) for a few days, and when I let them out again, I lured them in with some type of treat few a few nights.  Worked like a charm. 

Took about 5 days for them to adjust.  Then we tore the old one down.

Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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Thanks. At least I'm prepared now. That's a great idea to let them in the old one and then "move" them into the new one. How exactly did you do that? I have 13 chickens.
The old coop is rather smallish. It's more a big box attached to the side of the barn. I can't get in it and the only access is thru their door or the nesting box door.
Oh, and also, they don't take kindly to being grabbed.
The new house will be so much nicer. But unfortunately they don't know that. LOL.
I had hoped they would just go where the light is on. But I guess to them the new place will be someplace strange.
Here's an idea. What if we have the new house "open" for a few days before we close the old one. So during the day they can go in and explore and "make it smell like home" if you know what I mean. I could have food and water in there and they could see the cool new "digs" before I expect them to sleep there.

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I let my flock of 8 had full access to the new coop whilst it was under construction.  It included an automatic chicken door.  Then I decked it out with feed, bedding, all the amenities.  After about a week of their free access, checking things out, I waited until they had put themselves away in their old coop (and the new coop automatic door had closed) and carried them, one by one, to the new coop where I put them on the roosts.  For two nights.

Then I closed up the old coop, which I was going to need for the chicks in the brooder at the time.  The next night, the flock, confused, gathered around the old coop.  I caught each chicken and carried them to the new coop, this time just opening the people door and putting each one inside until all 8 were in it.  And then I did it again the next night.

The third night, I didn't have to do any of that stuff - all went into the new coop before the automatic door closed.

Even when the adolescent chicks were housed in the new coop, the original flock went to bed in their Brand New Coop.  They DID go looking in the old coop once I started letting the youngsters out during the day.  But nobody reverted.

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, five Toulouse geese, and four turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, some bunnies and a rescue cat which owns me. Oh. And a house silkie....

Grab some eggs & Join us! 
Great fun, Great Prizes & GREAT friends! 
5th Annual BYC Easter Hatch-a-long!

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