Chickens suddenly won't go into their coop!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ashleyyasek, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. ashleyyasek

    ashleyyasek New Egg

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    I have 4 hens that I've raised from chicks for 3 years. They have always put themselves to bed at night. All of the sudden they won't lay their eggs in the coop.. they've gone under the porch the past 2 days. Tonight they weren't in the coop when I went to close the door. They were all over in the trees. They free range during the day but have ALWAYS gone inside for bed. Can anyone give me some insight on what's going on?!
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Have you checked the birds *and* the coop for signs of lice, mites, etc? Have you closely inspected the inside of the coop to see if you can detect any evidence of recent incursion by an uninvited guest (droppings, fur, etc)? Do you have a run that can be used to confine them near the coop for a few days vs. allowing them to range?
     
  3. King CreekRanch

    King CreekRanch Out Of The Brooder

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  4. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Again, with the others.

    Time to check the coop REAL CLOSE. Be carry a hoe, shovel....
    Something in there the chickens don't like.

    HINT : check overhead first. Top of rafters and such. And be wearing
    good boots.


    Spook
     
  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under ashleyyasek [​IMG] Welcome!

    At the risk of sounding like an echo .. I agree that something has spooked them or is spooking them.

    Please do let us know if you figure out what it is.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Agree with the others something is bothering them in the coop. They can't tell you, so hiding in trees (they think) is best - except owl, raccoons, etc. can also be in the trees..
     

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