Get chicks in coop at night

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Waldorbigbill, May 21, 2011.

  1. Waldorbigbill

    Waldorbigbill Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 21, 2011
    We stuck our babys chicks out two nights ago. The problem i'm having is getting them to go in the coop at night I tried food and treats them just dont want to go in I have to hand catch all 13 and place them inside. any tips for this greenhorn?
  2. Dutchgirl

    Dutchgirl Not Dutch!

    Apr 1, 2008
    You're probably free-ranging them, like we do, but you may need to lock them in the coop for a few weeks. Otherwise just sticking 'em in there should do the trick. [​IMG]
    It's a lot easier if you have a mother hen, b/c they usually WANT to roost, and thus the babies follow them...
    Good luck!
  3. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    the edge of insanity
    You did not say, so I am going to suggest a light in the coop to entice them to go in. When I pit our first batch of chicks out, I kept them in the coop for two days to make sure they knew it was home. Good luck!

    Last edited: May 21, 2011
  4. Waldorbigbill

    Waldorbigbill Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 21, 2011
    They are in a cage attached to the coop. I will try the light idea
  5. Gardeninggranny

    Gardeninggranny Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 29, 2008
    The light is the best idea. Also the coop area needs to be comfortable- does it have roosts? Is there enough room for everyone? Not too hot and stuffy?
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Turn a flashlight on in the coop. Or one of those led lanterns?

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