In the Brooder
5 Years
Mar 13, 2014
Well, the saga continues. It's been a week since I got an egg from my big Rode Island Red. She used to lay at tleast every other day. I manage about one egg a day from the Americana's since I built the new coop. They still refuse to roost in it. I find them clinging to the outside of the nest box every night and have to physically place them in the coop to shut the door. I even place a little battery operated light inside the coop to give them light to see by after dark. It's like that coop is jinxed or something. To think the only reason I built it was because I felt bad about them being cramped in the small coop they had before. This weekend I plan on installing some screened over windows in the coop. I'm still thinking about painting it a different color. I read somewhere that a chicken will peck anything red. Evidently red triggers something in them. Maybe this huge red box in their enclosure is causing some distress mentally.


12 Years
Apr 15, 2008
Dunlap Illinois
Lock them inside the coop for 2 or 3 days - this resets their idea of "home".

The light is a good idea - I doubt the coop color bugs 'em at all.

The thing with chickens is this - the brain is about the size of a pea - so they dont have the capacity to deal with change - the little brain gets set a certain way & if one day its different they are lost. Its the same when it snows the first time in winter. They look out the door & dont see the ground anymore - so they wont go outside.

Just lock 'em in for a few & they will be all good with the new digs!

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