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Chickens won't go in coop! Have tried everything....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by axelkeitz, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Aart is right, they do not want to go into a dark cave. can you put a window in the side of the coop?

    How big is your coop?
     
  2. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a window that can't be seen in the pic? Maybe it's just too dark. The ramp does seem steep and narrow. Something is obviously discouraging them.
     
  3. axelkeitz

    axelkeitz Out Of The Brooder

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    Yea it's probably not a bad idea to cut in a window!

    The roof is tin so it's water tight.

    I gota go feed cows here in a few so I'll snap a few more pictures of the coop when I get done.
     
  4. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Do you have ventilation any where in the top of the coop?
     
  5. axelkeitz

    axelkeitz Out Of The Brooder

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    When I had them locked in the coop for a few days I always turned the light on during the day and off at night.
     
  6. axelkeitz

    axelkeitz Out Of The Brooder

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    Other than the gaps between the tin and the trusses no there is no other ventilation
     
  7. axelkeitz

    axelkeitz Out Of The Brooder

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    The ramp is a 2x8 with rungs every 4" and it's at about a 30 degree angle
     
  8. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I would suggest that you add more ventilation. You never posted the deminsions of your coop; I am very concerned that a LOT of moisture is building up in your cool when all of your chickens are in there.

    Warm, moisture laden air has the potential to make your chckens prone to frost bite and respiratory infections. Not to mention ammonia build up.
     
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2016
  9. axelkeitz

    axelkeitz Out Of The Brooder

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    Coop/ run total is 12'long by 8' wide by 8' tall

    Coop alone is 4' wide by 8' long by 5' tall
     
  10. axelkeitz

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