Food and water inside, left them in the coop and they were furious!!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by smalltownchicks, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. smalltownchicks

    smalltownchicks Seven Silly Hens

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    Well, after some BYC advice I put the food and water in the coop and left them "cooped up" for about 20 hours. My 5 year old went out to check for eggs and one girl almost pecked his eye out. He has a huge red scratch right under his eye. I went out and boy they were all worked up. They were pecking at me and grumbling. I went ahead and let them out for a few hours before it was time to be in again for the evening. This time I only had to go and get 4 of the seven. Better than all 7. I'm hoping they will eventually all go into the coop at night.
    They used to, that's the part I just don't get.
    Stubborn ladies!
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  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    You will probably need to keep them cooped up for a few days to recalibrate them. They're chickens. They'll get over it. Don't let your 5 year old go out there if you're worried about it.

    Keep telling yourself: "I am the human. I am in charge, and I am smarter than a chicken." [​IMG]
     
  3. Sooner

    Sooner My kids Mom!

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    Is your coop inside a pen? If so don't worry about it, they will go in when they are ready. I had some that never went into the coop until it was really cold. Another idea would be to time an evening treat such as scratch/BOSS/Corn with the time most are going into the coop.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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