Chickens avoiding coop

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TylerMcM, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. TylerMcM

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    I've got 3 Dominique hens that sleep in our apple tree instead of their coop. They haven't been laying in there either. Last night I picked them out of the tree and locked them into the coop with the other 6 chickens. My idea is to rehabitualize them with the nesting boxes and sleeping in the coop. Am I on the right track? If so how long should I keep everyone inside? I was thinking 1-2 weeks. They are free range chickens.
     
  2. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1 week should do. ( it worked for me)
     
  3. TylerMcM

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    Did you leave feed in all day or cycle it in and out?
     
  4. TylerMcM

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    Any other thoughts?
     
  5. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I left their feed and water inside the coop.
     

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