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Chickens sleeping on roof?! How to dsiscourage this?!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by fushalilly, May 14, 2008.

  1. fushalilly

    fushalilly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2008
    Rhode Island
    My chickens sleep on their roof at night, so I have to go out, pick them up, place them in their coop, and lock them in. How do I get them to sleep in their coop? They arent getting the picture.
  2. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Withold feeding after noon and just before dusk, feed them inside the coop. As they are scarfing down the evening grub, close the coop up with them inside. After a week of this they'll associate dusk with the coop and you should have little trouble after that.
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    They should be penned up for a couple weeks until they get used to their coop as the safe place to sleep.

  4. Kanchii

    Kanchii Chillin' With My Peeps

    squirt them with a hose? [​IMG]
  5. seismic wonder2

    seismic wonder2 I got mad ninja skills

    Feb 3, 2007
    san diego ca
    cut a hole in the roof and they'll plop right in there![​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I'm in one of those moods today.
  6. Denece&Lacey

    Denece&Lacey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2008
    Alvord, Tx
    Thats funny I cant imagine them sleeping on the roof!! [​IMG]
  7. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Quote:That's the best way.
  8. kodiakchicken

    kodiakchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2008
    Kodiak, Alaska
    Quote:Take away their ladder?

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    ps - sorry, it's been one of those weeks!
  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Teach your dog to sleep on the roof [​IMG]

    Sorry, couldn't resist <g>

    You might see if you can figure out why they prefer things al fresco. Is the coop too dark, too smelly, insufficiently airy and ventilated? Did something scary happen to them in there, once? Perhaps they do not like your roost bar, or have trouble getting up onto it?

    Good luck,

  10. Tutter

    Tutter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2008
    N. California
    I once had a flock who were more than happy to roost on a short fence, if left out too late. So we started bribing them in before it got to be dusk, and eventually they got the idea.

    Of course, they were being led by some Australorps, which seem to enjoy being out later than buff orpingtons and barred rocks. They are wonderful birds, and I'm getting another half dozen in my June chick order, but they aren't always the best influence on the rest of the flock!

    I think bribing them in with a treat, before dusk sets well in, will work. Good luck! [​IMG]

    Oh, I just read Elderoo's post; excellent way to do it! [​IMG]

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