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

    Jul 7, 2011
    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!
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    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!

    Mar 22, 2009
    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

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon


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