Calling Chickens In

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ZZ, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. ZZ

    ZZ In the Brooder

    Jun 12, 2008
    I let mine out yesterday for an hour before sunset
    What are some tips and how do you call them to get em back in?
  2. Ang

    Ang Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    West Central Illinois
    I call chick-chick-chick-chick-chick and feed them a treat. Now every time I call them they come treat or no treat.
  3. Nuggetsowner:)

    Nuggetsowner:) Songster

    Aug 2, 2007
    I get the feed scoop half full of scratch and shake it then they come running! It is actually a very funny sight.
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Saying "here chick chick chick" works so well that this afternoon when I was telling my DBF that I was going to train our neighbors' chickens to come when called, our 4 dunder heads came running...

    Food? Food? Food? Mine? Food?
  5. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I second the scratch method. If i pick up the coffee can i use to feed scratch, they will follow me anywhere!!!!
  6. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    I've often read posts on here about folks not being able to get their chickens in the coop at night and I'm always puzzled. I've only had one chicken in all my life that was confused about where to go to roost....she wanted to sleep on the chair on our porch! All the chickens we have ever had just naturally go in the coop when it gets twilight. Are folks trying to get them to go earlier so they can shut them in for the night? Or are the chickens roosting all over the place? I've always been curious about those post....ZZ, where do your chickens go, if not to the roosts? [​IMG]
  7. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Songster

    May 20, 2008
    Osteen, FL
    I like letting my birds out in the AM and PM. They generally go back to the coop on their own, but they occassionally need some persuading. So, I made a "persuader".

    I took a fishing pole and tied a rag on the end. I get behind the birds and 'pop' the rag. After about one pop, most of the birds make a bee-line for the coop. Others soon follow and for the most stubborn, all I need do is get after them! It's sort of a chicken round up.

    Now, when the birds even see the fishing pole, the start gettin' nervous. All I need do is raise the "flag" and they are gone!! <smile>
  8. purr

    purr Songster

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    My birds are 9 wks old they go to bed all by themselves but one morning I went to let them out and found my buff polish sleeping under my grandson's fisher price slide. I couldn't believe I missed her when I did the head count when they were going in.
    But I don't think she liked her night out. Now she's always the first one in at night
    We are changing from temporary shelter to coop either tonight or tomorrow. And I'm wondering how to do it. It should be interesting [​IMG]
  9. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    I always use a Yellow barn pail. From the time they were chicks, they assosiated the yellow pail as Food! They come running when I shake the pail by the handle.
    Then I walk in first to the fence and show them sprinkling food on the ground to keep their attention.
    Hope this helps, oh, I use that pail even if I only have a slice of bread. Chickens are food motivated!
  10. ZZ

    ZZ In the Brooder

    Jun 12, 2008
    They go in the roost at sundown
    But I want to train em to come when called so i can lock em in the run when Im ready
    I tink my problem Is I would carry treats w/me during the day just to get them used to me
    But I problly need a can or bucket to carry out treats in the afternoon only
    What do yall think

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