Chickens wont go into my hard working new coop!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kimh, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. kimh

    kimh Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 4 hens about 3 months old. They have a nice 8' x 8' run and a large fancy dog house where they roost - but its not big enough for all 4 of them - although they don't seem to mind and I cant fit a nesting box inside it either and we are almost to that time. However, I just purchased a playhouse at Lowes so that they had a bigger coop and I could move thier food in door so it does not get wet when it rains. The problem is -they refuse to go inside the new coop -- even to eat! I don't care if they still want to roost in their old coop but they need to eat! I thought about putting the food back outside and then moving it closer and closer to the coop until they eventually go inside. Any other ideas?
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They have to be taught the new place is home. In normal climate temps I would advise lock them in a few days to a week to train them. If you are suffering with the heat with the rest of us this isn't such a good idea right now. You can go out every evening and put them inside and lock them in until morning. They won't instinctively seek a new shelter. You have to teach them just about everything new you want them to do. After about a week or so they will go in like clockwork.
     
  3. kimh

    kimh Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks -- Its way too hot to do anything right now so I'll wait -- I guess food will have to go outside again untiil then.

    Kim
     

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