Chickens wont go into Coop

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by peepers4eva, May 27, 2017.

  1. peepers4eva

    peepers4eva Chirping

    Apr 1, 2013
    San Diego
    We got chickens about two months ago and we moved them about 3 weeks ago from a small box to a large house to live/sleep in. For some reason they won't go into the large house at night, and sometimes they wait for us to shoo them in. Usually they get in, and we keep a light on for a bit just so they know where to go, but if they don't make it in by dark, they simply start sleeping in a huddle outside (we have skunks that try and get them). None of them are particularly aggressive or on top of the pecking order, so we were thinking of maybe getting some Reds that might take initiative. Idk, Im stumped... IMG_0505.JPG IMG_0507.JPG
  2. chicklady21

    chicklady21 In the Brooder

    Mar 30, 2017
    I used to have that problem. It's easy to fix. Shut them up in the coop for 4-5 days. They will be forced to sleep there and will get in the habit. Then you can let them out and they most likely will return to the coop at night
    Good luck!:thumbsup
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  3. peepers4eva

    peepers4eva Chirping

    Apr 1, 2013
    San Diego
    I'll Definitely try that! Thank you so much!
  4. sjthawk

    sjthawk In the Brooder

    Dec 13, 2016
    I had the same problem tonight it was there first day in the run. They have bin in the coop for about two weeks trying to teach them that's where they sleep i go out tonight and there all huddles in the corner and they were really hard to get back up the ramp and in. Any ideas y they didn't go in on their own i have a light a well thanks
  5. PamelaCarroll

    PamelaCarroll In the Brooder

    Aug 4, 2016
    North Carolina
    That's what I did also. Worked great!

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