Chickens not sleeping in House

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by tomroyall, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. tomroyall

    tomroyall New Egg

    Jul 28, 2011
    I am new to keeing chickens! We bought a run for our chickens when they were chicks and they slept in their house! they out grew it so we bought a bigger House and plan to have them free range and lock them up at night I put a tempary run up just so they got familiar to their new home but they are not sleeping in it for the last 4 nights they have slept out side. I'm concerned please help advise gratefully recieved!
  2. rungirl

    rungirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    Put a light inside. They'll come in when it gets dark.
  3. tomroyall

    tomroyall New Egg

    Jul 28, 2011
    Thanks any other advise for a newbie!
  4. Keltara

    Keltara Chillin' With My Peeps

    The light should do it. If not, then as it begins to get dark, go out and put them in the coop. After a few nights, they'll get the idea. They don't know where their home is anymore (even if it's right in front of them). They need help finding it.

    Good luck!
  5. wava1vaughn

    wava1vaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2011
    Cairo Ga.
    Hi from Ga. It won't take long for them to get used to it. [​IMG]
  6. bloom_ss

    bloom_ss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2011
    Spokane Valley, WA
    I am having the same problem with mine. They have been in their coop since the weekend of July 4th and they STILL don't go in the coop by themselves. They all huddle by the door of the run and "call" for me to come help them...even with a light on in the coop. [​IMG] I don't really want to keep using the light every night, but if I put them in the coop with the light off they all just pile back out the pop door after I put them in. If I turn the light on before I put them in they stay in. [​IMG]
  7. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    shut them in it at night. after a couple times, they'll get the drift.
  8. 1Rooster

    1Rooster Out Of The Brooder

    Quote:yes they will get the idea if you put them in and lock them in a couple of nights.
    do you have roosts for them? if you don't they do need them.. then when you have them locked in go out a little
    later and turn the light off.

    I have 18 that I let free range for about 4 to 5 hrs and everyone of them go back to coop on their on and onto roost.

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