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 Out Of 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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can they get in on their own? How late are you waiting to put them in at night?
  5. countrygirl_247

    countrygirl_247 Out Of 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. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    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*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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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