chickens not going in coop after dark

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by teachermom24, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. teachermom24

    teachermom24 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 12, 2009
    We have 18 healthy layers (6 months old) and one banty rooster. Up until last night they would all be in the coop at dark and we would put down the door for the night. Last night we went out well after dark to put down the door and most of the chickens were still in the yard (fenced in chicken yard). Tonight same thing. We checked inside the coop and everything is normal. What's going on?

  2. Beaker Duck

    Beaker Duck BYC's CUTE Travelling Mascot

    Jul 22, 2011
    All Over
    There could have been something that scared them in the coop, and now they are afraid to go in. ( It could have been something as innocent as a leaf- chickens are funny)
    We have had chickens that are afraid to go into a dark coop, and this time of year, it gets dark faster, so they don't always have time to get back to the coop before darkness sets in.
    We had a little press on closet light that we installed on the wall. We went outside just as it is getting dark, and turn the light on for them. We only had to do it for a few days untill they got used to coming back to the coop before it got too dark for them.

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