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CHICKEN'S WON'T USE COOP!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by supermom, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. supermom

    supermom Out Of The Brooder

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    I have built a beautiful coop: included nest boxes and roost. It is clean and well ventilated. Problem is, my stupid birds roost on the roof and I have to pick them up every night and put them in the coop so I can lock it. The coop is in an inclosed run but I feel safer with them inside. Also, what's gonna happen if they start laying eggs up there?! The eggs will roll off and land on the floor.
    GEEZ, what am I supposed to do?
     
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    Try putting them in the coop before they begin to roost at night. That way you can herd them right in the door. After a few days of this they should get the idea.
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I would suggest locking them up in the coop for several days, if not a week. They need to get the idea that the inside of the coop is home.
     
  4. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Quote:I agree with Gritsar. That's the only way they'll start to associate the inside as their night-time home.
     
  5. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2008
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    Thre's another thread just like this posted at the same time, so look for that. All same ideas.
     
  6. vickig

    vickig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lock em up. When ever I bring new hens home I leave them in at least a week. They seem to figure it all out by watching.
     

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