Well after the dramas of their first night in the coop (after catching them and putting them in), I went out this morning to find them all healthy and sprawled on th sawdust. Moved them to onto the lawn for a small green run. Will move them back into coop again tonight. They were panting from the heat so I gave them a light hose down, which hasn't endeared me to them again:/
Has anyone any advise on how to get the idea that the "coop is where they go at night" into their feather heads?
When our favorelles were little they would sleep at the back door rather than going in their coop. What taught them where to go was just getting one of those cheap solar lawn lights and putting it in the coop. They would go to the light then it would turn itself off as it ran out of charge. After a week or so (can't remember how long) they went in without me putting the light in there each afternoon (after spending the day in the sun charging) ready for dark.
I have been using a lamp on dimmer switch, but it stays on all night.
The solar light will be much better as it goes out after a while.
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