chickens won't go "home" at night

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by elhjones, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. elhjones

    elhjones In the Brooder

    Jun 21, 2012
    Corona, California
    my hens are about 4.5 months old. when i'm home, i let them out of their run to explore around in our gated side yard until dark. when it starts getting dark out, instead of heading back to their coop, they perch on top of a garden potting bench and huddle together. I have to bribe them back into the run with mealworms, and if it's too dark even that won't work and i have to pick them up and carry them back. once they are in the run, they head back up into the coop for the night.

    i had read that to teach them where "home" is you're supposed to leave them in their coop for a few days when you first put them outside - but it was already really hot by that time and leaving them in the coop for days didn't seem like a good idea (overheating, etc.).

    now wondering if there's a way to re-train them to go back to the coop at night?

    any advice is much appreciated!
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2013
  2. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    Keep them in the coop and run for a couple of weeks. See if that works. It worked for me.


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