Back to the coop at dusk

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by houseofclucks, May 6, 2007.

  1. houseofclucks

    houseofclucks In the Brooder

    Apr 15, 2007
    I let them out,(5 hens/pullets) just before dusk to let them run around for a short time. Now they have never been out free and clear and the seemed to love it. I had one RIR, I think she is the top bird, and she didn't seem to want to go back as it started to get dark. The other 4 were already up into the coop but I had to shoo Marlene back in. Believe me it took some doing. I was wondering if she may have been confused, or was she being difficult because she is the top hen? Would she eventually go in on her own, or was she confused? I'm new to keeping chickens so I'm sorry for the stupid questions. There was no way I would let her stay out all night, so if this will be the norm, chasing her around at night, the free range days are over. Thanks for answers and opinions
    Last edited: May 6, 2007
  2. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    If this was their first time out, then thye were just confused. They will get more accustomed to it. they will g in on their own.
  3. birdlover

    birdlover Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    Also, you could try luring them back in the coop with a special treat like scratch or something. Mine are suckers for bread!

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