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Chickens not returning to coop at night

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by eeper9, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. eeper9

    eeper9 New Egg

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    Hello! I have 4 pullets- approx 14 weeks old. They have been outside since about 8 weeks and returned to their coop at dusk every night. For the past week or two, they are planting themselves on our wrought iron patio table every night! I have to carry them 2 at a time to the coop. Any suggestions? Thanks!
     
  2. onewing

    onewing Out Of The Brooder

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    Leave them penned up for a week solid
    Or only let them out an hr before dark i hope this helps
     
  3. Ravenseye

    Ravenseye Out Of The Brooder

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    Yup, leaving them in the coop for while often helps. Also, make sure the coop is clean. No mites or other bugs that come out at night. Not too long ago I had that problem where they wanted to stay under the barn instead of 15 feet away in the coop. Turns out I had mites that bothered them at night and they didn't want to roost in the coop. Did a real good cleaning and now things are back to normal.
     

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