Coop Transition.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by riverpilot69, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. riverpilot69

    riverpilot69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am almost finished with the new coop. I was wondering what is the best way to transition the girls to their new home? Do I put them in there for a few days and let them get used to the new place before letting them out to free range? I know I will have to remove the old coop or they will go back to it out of habit. I was just wondering what the best way to do this would be. This is the first time that I have tried this and wonder what eveyone else would do. I hope this is the right place to post this, as I think it is a behavioral issue.
    Thanks.
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    It can sometimes take a week or longer for the birds to call it "home". If by free range you mean REAL free range, not just pecking around a fenced back yard, yes. Then some extended, quality time adopting their new abode is in order.
     
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  3. riverpilot69

    riverpilot69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are REAL free range. My chain link fence doesn't stop them. They seem to think that stuff in the front yard tastes better than the stuff in the back. I was just wondering about the amount of time to keep them cooped up. Thanks.
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Eventually, a free ranging flock will wander as far as 1/4 mile from home. Ours do. It is important to firmly establish home, nests and all that. Some folks even suggest two weeks.
     
  5. riverpilot69

    riverpilot69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    O.K. I appreciate the info. I am going to do some more research on the matter. Even though my hens wander, they do not get far from the house. I may keep them cooped for a week and see if they will find their way back to the new coop. If I have to round a couple of them up, I will coop them for a bit longer. I am sure they will take to the new coop. It is far better, and roomier than the old one. Much warmer also. I will probably play it by ear and see what happens.
     

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