Confused chickens .....

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by KBUGS, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. KBUGS

    KBUGS Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 13, 2011
    We just redid our run and coop. We moved the door that goes from the run to our yard and the chickens are sooooo confused. They can't find the door for anything. They go out in the morning to free range and I have had to put another waterer where they hang out during the day. I've showed them several times how to get in, but I guess it's just too much for them LOL! Now they have to go to the OTHER side of the pump house to get into the run. Guess the new chickens I'm getting will figure it out first. Poor girls, I love em to pieces, and am starting to feel really bad for them. Oh, and you should see my sweet roo when some of his girls are inside and he is on the outside and can't figure it out, bless his heart!
  2. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Quote:I know what you mean, I had the same thing with my chickens before and it took them about 5 days to fuiger it out. [​IMG]
  3. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    I would have them follow in and out a few times a day while you carry treats for them. My chickens were confused when I hauled them to the back yard each day from their coop,but now when I open the gate (so they can go back to the shed to roost) I am the one running behind them!
  4. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    When we redid our run I picked up the head chicken (no rooster here) and carried her in. The others followed me.
  5. pjknust

    pjknust Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2011
    I put in new roosts and added new hay on the floor , they were so hoodoooed they didnt even want to go in the hen house. Took them a couple weeks to get used to the new roosts.
    Then I put my baby chick pen in the hen house and here we go again, they are afraid of their house. Chickens dont like change!

    pam in TX
  6. KBUGS

    KBUGS Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 13, 2011
    They are too cute! They are trying today. Can't get my hands on my roo, even though he is sweet, so I carried his fav hen in a few times to get him to follow. But they still run to where the door was. iT'S ONLY DAY 3 SO IT'S STILL REALLY NEW. tHEY ARE JUST SO FUNNY TO WATCH THOUGH. Love em to pieces!
  7. Hummingbird Hollow

    Hummingbird Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2011
    Colorado mountains
    When I was a girl we had a coop/run set up in our garden where the chickens only access to the outside was through the man-sized door in the side of the coop. If we let the chickens out to free range and there were any left in the run they would throw themselves at the fence of the run, rather than go through the pop door into the coop and then out the man-sized door into the garden/yard. It didn't matter that they had lived in that coop since they were a few weeks old, their little chicken brains couldn't seem to handle the sight of their flock-mates on the other side of the fence but that the way to get to them was back through the coop.

    Now I'm sure that MY girls are significantly smarter (and more beautiful and talented) than those chickens my mother had.[​IMG]

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