getting chicks back in the cop

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sadies0111, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. sadies0111

    sadies0111 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 18, 2010
    Hi, I got my first 6 hens a couple weeks ago. They are 6-10 weeks old, and a variety of breeds. They've been in their coop with a heat lamp since I got them. I opened the coop because they seemed really interested in the outside world, and three of them came out. I live in Wisconsin, and it is only around 40 degrees today. Now, what is the best way to get them back into the coop, as they seem cold, but won't go back into the coop?
  2. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    They will go back inside when it starts getting dark. Mine wander in and out of the coop all day long. Mine are fully feathered though so you might want to keep an eye on them if they seem to be getting too cold.
  3. ZombieChickens

    ZombieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ditto. They'll go back in on their own.
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    You can try using light to draw them in the coop as it's getting dark outside. It doesn't have to be much of a light, just enough to make the interior of the coop brighter than it is outside.

    Also, if they were my chickens I would start weaning them off that heat lamp now so that they have the chance to build up a nice thick down coat before winter sets in good.

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