Chicks wont go in

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by packmomma, May 9, 2009.

  1. packmomma

    packmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mar 10, 2009
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    I have almost 6 week old chicks..I have modified the coop so they can now go outside but only have limited space inside because I'm not done with the inside yet. Anyway..they spend the day outside..they go in and out throughout the day eating food, drinking water..but when it comes night time..they dont go in! They will even go nap in there during the day! They are confusing me. I have to go out each night and herd them in. Its been at least a week, I thought they would have gotten the picture..its dark..time to go in. They just sleep all together in a ball on the ground under the ramp. Anyone got any suggestions? I let it get fairly dark cause I thought maybe I wasnt waiting long enough but its still a no go. HElp!!
     
  2. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    Michigan
    We trained ours to go in by herding them in, while clapping and hissing "go, go, go!" It is nice that they have that cue, now. Makes it easier when we have to lock them up early...
     
  3. giasmom

    giasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    Woodville, Al
    Just give them so time, and keep herding. They will catch on soon....
     
  4. packmomma

    packmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well it does help actually herding them and saying...ok time to go in. I have to let them out for only a few hours when I know I am going to be home. Cats...hawks..mostly cats though are the problem. This is only a temp run so they can go outside and not eat me out of house and home..lol.

    I thought chickens just naturally will go in though. ARe they not old enough for the instinct to kick in or what? My dad is like "well my chickens used to go in way earlier than you go out and put yours in" I dont remember him ever starting with chicks though.

    I"m just thought if I am doing something wrong maybe I could help them along some.
     

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