frustrated! please help!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RachelmossSD, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. RachelmossSD

    RachelmossSD New Egg

    Apr 9, 2012
    South Dakota
    We have 14 8 week old chicks, who live in a chicken tractor with an attached coop. My problem is, they've been living in there for almost 3 weeks, and they still won't go in on their own at night! Its a pain to catch them and put them in every night because they run away so my husband and I have to tag team to catch them! We've tried a light, no light, food and water, no food or water, and we just can't figure out why they won't go in! I dont want to just leave them out because we live in a rural area with just about every critter imaginable creeping around in the darkness! What do I do? Any insight will be helpful! Thanks!
  2. leadwolf1

    leadwolf1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2011
    I think it takes them until they are a little older to get the hang of it. It took my 8 week olds, 3 weeks to master going in. Yours just started younger and need the time. I would put mine up the ramp each night so that they would know where they were to get in. I also left a night light on for them. They will eventually get it...don't give up, they ae after all, still babies :)
  3. LilMissChz

    LilMissChz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2012
    North East, Maryland
    I feel your pain. Mine aren't as old as yours, but I sometimes I get a real workout catching them. They are at least getting used to me catching them and taking them to their coop. But if they are loose, they still run from me.

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