Chickens want in the house??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 2chicks, Jul 9, 2007.

  1. 2chicks

    2chicks In the Brooder

    May 29, 2007
    I have 2 young chickens, their outdoor coop isn't finished yet, so they stay in the house in a birdcage at night and free-roam the backyard during the day. I let them out in the morning after the grass dries off and put them back in when it starts getting dark.

    Everytime the kids go in and out of the house, the chickens try and come in. I've probably chased the one chicken back outside 5x today...I am just waiting for her to figure out the dog door I have for my Mastiff. [​IMG]

    I move their food, water & grit outside with them every morning, they have plenty of shade, dirt, grass, whatever out there, so why do they want IN my house?
  2. Zenbirder

    Zenbirder Songster

    May 3, 2007
    New Mexico
    I guess they think they are your kids! Everybody wants to pester Mama, it goes with the territory [​IMG]
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    They're not stupid...they wanna be where the action is...[​IMG]
  4. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    They want to be house chickens! Either that, or they think they're dogs! [​IMG]
    Take it as a compliment... They probably love you and the way you treat them!
  5. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    are they old enough to start laying eggs? are they planning on laying eggs in your the beds, the couch, etc.? [​IMG]
  6. birdlover

    birdlover Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    I've had a similar situation in the past. I think they just think of the place you put them at night as their real home and they want to go there. Try putting the cage outside where they can go in but be sure it's someplace shady and safe. Have fun!! LOL

  7. Lock that doggy door,
    my black xbred comes in the cat door sometimes, she makes alot of noise fighting with the door! Ill try and catch her in the act and get a pic, she knows that Charlies catfood bowl is inside the door, but I let her roam around and vaccuum and hope she doesnt leave a "calling card" on the carpet!
    It may be difficult to get your out of the habit too, when I open the back door they all come running, spoilt!! they are used to titbits and leftovers.
  8. 2chicks

    2chicks In the Brooder

    May 29, 2007
    I can't lock the dog door...I would get presents in the house from the Mastiff then. Neither has tried the dog door "yet", might be because it's a really big/heavy flap because the poochy is 100lbs.

    Makes NO sense to me..those chicken are pestered continually by my kids, evidently chickens like swinging (well according to a 3yr old) and the chicken sure wasn't protesting. :eek: You would think the chickens would be cheering the the kids were going away, not trying to follow them on in.

    I was a little late bringing them in last night...they were pecking at the plexiglass around the dog door and calling for me. Hubby thought it was the funniest thing ever. I need to go finish their coop... this will be the end of chickens IN my house.
  9. SandraChick

    SandraChick Songster

    need to go finish their coop... this will be the end of chickens IN my house.

    DONT BET ON IT!!!!​
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I had a silkie who would come peck at the door, then jump on the door, and then flap against the door, and make terrible sounds till somebody let him in for the night. He was loveable for all his shortcommings. Now that he is gone, I have some how ended up with a new silkie that does the same thing. Only difference is that this one is only 2 months old and brings his 2 month old sexlink up to the door too!!! Silly birds, and they've both been outside since 1 month old!

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