chickens adopted us, we finally built a coop, won't get in it

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by signep, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. signep

    signep Hatching

    Dec 3, 2010
    :(hi i am new to this we were adopted by some neighborhood chickens and they are staying we built a nice coop how do we convince them to get into it hawks are circling daily

  2. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    Chickens are notorious fraidy cats about something new. Try tossing something yummy in several days in a row. Once they get used to going inside it will be easier to coax them in. The other options is to catch them and lock them inside for a couple of days. Once they learn that the coop is home they should go back to it every night with no coaxing. It's just getting them in there.
    The first night I transitioned mine into a new, larger coop you would have thought I was ripping their wings off. They were pitiful!! It took a couple of nights before they decided death wasn't imminent. Silly chickens.
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. Good advice given. Good luck. [​IMG]
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  5. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
  6. Ms.FuzzyButts

    Ms.FuzzyButts Songster

    Sep 5, 2009
    North Alabama
    That is exactly how I got started back with chickens.. A rooster and three hens adopted us.. Just would not go away. So, once I realized they were laying eggs in my tractor shed, I put a fence around the shed and fixed them some nest boxes and a roost. Now I have about 80 chickens.. So be careful. They are addictive! And [​IMG]
    Oh and I agree with CityGirl, that's is the best way to do it.

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