9 week olds won't go in coop!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by countrygirl_247, May 6, 2009.

  1. countrygirl_247

    countrygirl_247 In the Brooder

    Aug 21, 2008
    I have had my babies in their coop since they were about 4 weeks old. I have been letting them outside for 2 + weeks they will not go in the coop on their own at night. Am i jumping the gun here or are they just slow? Thanks Angie:barnie

  2. karen71

    karen71 Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    Bear, DE
    Sometimes they need help
    It should only be a few days of you showing them where to go at night

    [​IMG] good luck
  3. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    I had the same problem with my very first batch; what I ended up doing is giving them a yummy treat in the coop at night. I don't recommend this as a continuous way to raise them, because I want mine to associate the coop with sleeping and laying eggs; they should go outdoors to eat and drink (except winter). But, in this instance, it really did help.

    I began by using an old stainless steel dog dish. I ran it through the dishwasher to get it nice & clean first, then mixed up yogurt and oatmeal, and just set it out in the run. Then the next night, I moved it right outside the pophole door. After that, all I had to was ENTER THE RUN with the stainless steel dish and they'd run to the coop - I'd put it on the floor, they'd gobble it up, and while doing so, I would close the pophole door and make sure they were secure, then turn out the light last night when they were done. They really do associate the dish with a treat!
  4. Can they get in on their own? How late are you waiting to put them in at night?
  5. countrygirl_247

    countrygirl_247 In the Brooder

    Aug 21, 2008
    usually i put them in before dark but a few times it has been after dark & they wouldn't go in by them selves. They don,t have a problem gettin inside they just don't do it at night. They go in during the day if it rains by themselves. [​IMG]
  6. swampducks

    swampducks Overrun With Guineas

    Feb 29, 2008
    Barton City, MI
    Can you put in a night light? Even my adults get confused if their light goes out. Just chicken I guess! [​IMG]
  7. Sounds like you're doing it right. I had the opposite problem, mine wouldn't go OUT in teh morning. I pushed/threw them out of the coop for 2 weeks straight and decided that was enough. They stayed in teh coop Monday until about 3 pm before they came out, and yesterday they were out before lunch. This morning, 8 am. Honestly, if your run is secure, I'd leave them outside.

  8. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    I never had trouble with my ten 11 wk olds going in or coming out. When I go out went it gets dark, they're all cozy and lined up for the night making their soothing cooing bedtime sounds.

    Like what other's suggested, try a night light. One that has the photocell that comes on when it gets dark enough.

    Good luck.
  9. chickens3

    chickens3 Songster

    May 5, 2009
    Eau Claire, Michigan
    maybe put a light in there for warmth and they might go into the coop

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