Chickens get lost at bedtime when I move the chicken tractor

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by swmalone, Jul 2, 2011.

  1. swmalone

    swmalone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I have a small yard and not a good spot for a permanent coop, so we built a chicken tractor.

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    It works well for our 3 chicks, however we have started letting them roam the yard in the evenings when we are home, and if we move the tractor it seems that they get lost. When it is time for bed they run to where it used to be and throw a fit even though they have ran around the new location earlier. Any suggestions?
     
  2. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Move the tractor in the mornings, before you let them out. That way they know where to return at night.
     
  3. jcatblum

    jcatblum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feel your pain. I moved 3 chickens to the "big chicken" pen down by the barn today. The were crying tonight, not able to find a place to go in for the night & go to sleep. Finally caught the three locked them up. But they still cried not knowing where to go. Silly me thought they would follow the other 10 hens & do what they were doing What was I thinking!!!
     
  4. swmalone

    swmalone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking that I would try moving it with them still in it before letting them out in the evening and see if that works. Thanks for the suggestion of doing it while they are still sleeping or before I let them in the run.
     

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