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Update: So they decided to go inside for two nights in a row before I left, so the sitter only had to close the door. Now I added deeper litter and a board to keep it in, so I decided that they need a ramp. I put them on the ramp and shoo'd them inside in the afternoon (they clumped up at the end of the ramp, and I had to nudge them in). They jumped back out, but then they just cuddled up by the door when it started to get dark. I lined the ramp with meal worms (which they have just been introduced to), and they didn't notice. I'm going to put a shorter piece of wood to prevent litter from falling out and see if they will jump up, but I'd prefer they use the ramp. They just seem to shut down at any change no matter how much encouragement I give them.

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Our temporary coop is 3ft tall and when we put our chicks/teenagers in there for the first time they didn't know what to do so we let them be that first night then the second night I had to crawl in there and put all 12 up top (the coop in on top of the run) and once they were all in there and we covered the hole to the run with a piece of ply wood that we just slid over. We did that for a few nights and they all got the hang of it.
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If you have some sort of treat or feed that they really like, get in the habit of putting that in your coop every evening, about the same time. They will soon pick up on the routine, then they should be in their coop everyday at that time for their treat. All you have to do is give them their treat and lock them in. hope it helps.

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Update: So they decided to go inside for two nights in a row before I left, so the sitter only had to close the door. Now I added deeper litter and a board to keep it in, so I decided that they need a ramp. I put them on the ramp and shoo'd them inside in the afternoon (they clumped up at the end of the ramp, and I had to nudge them in). They jumped back out, but then they just cuddled up by the door when it started to get dark. I lined the ramp with meal worms (which they have just been introduced to), and they didn't notice. I'm going to put a shorter piece of wood to prevent litter from falling out and see if they will jump up, but I'd prefer they use the ramp. They just seem to shut down at any change no matter how much encouragement I give them.

 

They don't need a ramp. My chicks were hopping up then over the 1x6 I have to hold in the "deep litter" at 2 weeks. And from outside the coop, that is probably about 8" high. At 3 weeks they were flying to 2' with no problem at all. At 4 weeks they were doing the same "ground to 2' high roost to 4' high roost as all the 3 Y/O hens.

 

Train them to treats (I use scratch at night). I have a herd of 16 chickens that thunder toward me when I go down to close the coop (people door, chicken door is automatic) and barn doors. Wherever I throw the scratch is where 16 chickens run. I give them Black Oil Sunflower Seed (BOSS) in the morning. I've not done mealworms but all I have read says they are just as popular. Once they know the routine and what you have in your hand, toss it through the chicken door into the coop. They will run all over each other to get inside. This will likely take no more than 2 days.

2 each: Black Australorp, Salmon Faverolles, 1 each Ancona, Easter Egger. From Ideal Poultry, hatched June 12, 2012


2 JGs (non standard BAs??), 2 White Rocks, 2 EEs. From Meyer, hatched June 8, 2015



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2 each: Black Australorp, Salmon Faverolles, 1 each Ancona, Easter Egger. From Ideal Poultry, hatched June 12, 2012


2 JGs (non standard BAs??), 2 White Rocks, 2 EEs. From Meyer, hatched June 8, 2015



Bruce

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Train them to treats (I use scratch at night). 

 

Today, for the first time, the two hens joined the rooster in eating watermelon from my hand! Can't believe I'm so excited about a couple chickens accepting my existence! 

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And now they will DEMAND FOOD every time they see you. But we can PRETEND it is just because they love to be with "their people". :D

2 each: Black Australorp, Salmon Faverolles, 1 each Ancona, Easter Egger. From Ideal Poultry, hatched June 12, 2012


2 JGs (non standard BAs??), 2 White Rocks, 2 EEs. From Meyer, hatched June 8, 2015



Bruce

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2 each: Black Australorp, Salmon Faverolles, 1 each Ancona, Easter Egger. From Ideal Poultry, hatched June 12, 2012


2 JGs (non standard BAs??), 2 White Rocks, 2 EEs. From Meyer, hatched June 8, 2015



Bruce

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post #97 of 97
We had our chickens trained before they were transferred outside permanently. When they were around seven or eight weeks old, I started to let them run around in the pen we had built for them during the day. As started getting dark, the kid's and I would round them up (which was easy with only three chickens) and put them back in the brooder for the night. Since we had the heat lamp on because it still a little too cold for them at night, they got used to the light at "bedtime". Once they were transferred outside permanently as the weather warmed up, I would turn on the lamp at dusk and they would go into the coop on their own. The first month outside I would close them up in the coop at night, leaving the lamp on for about an hour. During that month I would gradually reduce the amount of time the light was on. By the end of the month they were going into the coop on their own without the use of the light. Now they are in the coop before I even make it to the pen. They even head back to the pen on their own when I let them out into the fenced area attached to the pen. Hope you can get your's trained as easily.
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