1. dr1939

    dr1939 Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone have a good method of getting your chickens to get in the coop. I have two and they ignore the coop and small run.
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Put a light in there (even a flashlight) in the evening.
     
  3. dr1939

    dr1939 Out Of The Brooder

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    Light doesn't help any other suggestions?
     
  4. The Lazy L

    The Lazy L Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Physically put them in the coop and lock them in for a few days before letting them out again.
     
  5. pupsicle

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    I haven't had to lock mine in for days, but I have had success by putting them to bed every night, locking them in, and then letting them out in the morning. After a few days (3, 4, 5?) they'll know to go in there on their own. It's just a matter of forming a routine for them.
     
  6. LaPetiteFarmer

    LaPetiteFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. chicken pickin

    chicken pickin Overrun With Chickens

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    I put them in nightly right at dusk for a few days to a week and they get the picture and start doing it on there own.
     
  8. dr1939

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    What is the best and safest way to catch them?
     
  9. Carols Clucks

    Carols Clucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wait until night when it is dark and you can grab them easily, if they have not flown up in to a tree!
     
  10. Strysa

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    I have this same issue. Mine used their coop until about mid summer, then started roosting other places in the yard. So every night for weeks I started putting them in at dusk and letting them out in the morning. To this day we have the same routine. I also only have 2 birds, I think some just prefer to be out. I guess the one positive thing is that they do lay their eggs in the coop. I was actually hoping that when it started to get cold they would move back in but they just started roosting closer to the house, I think it shields them from the wind. No luck yet though. Maybe if I keep at it, one night I will be in a panic because I can't find them in the yard and it will be because they put themselves to bed.
     

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