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My chic's are going to be 1 month old this coming Monday. I have had them in there outside coop for the passed 4 days. I take them out for an hour or so after the 3 day of them being in their coop all day and night. Today I had them all out, and I put one back in the coop and she came out on her own. I was thinking to myself, the reason why there not going back in is because the sun is still out. I keep their food and water in the coop and only water outside in the pen, in case they want something to drink while they are outside. I am leaving there door open to see if they go in and out on their own. I have a friend that tells me to use crack corn. i am going to try that next.
Ok so I've been reading a lot of post and I've taken the idea of putting a light on in the girls coop, on a timer, and it's on from 4pm to 10pm, to give the chics time to get there butts in their coop before dark, and guess what.....IT WORKED. i went outside at 8 to hang out with the girls then I left them alone and at 9pm I went to check on them and they were all nicely tucked in there coop. all by themselves... fantastic.