Getting new chickens into pen at night

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by juju41, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. juju41

    juju41 New Egg

    Jan 17, 2009
    I have 3 laying Rhode islands, they all put themselves to bed at night. The coop is on legs about 30cm of ground, our two new ? chooks have been incubated, then housed in a separate cage in the yard when they were big enough and left to come and go as they wanted. The new ones won't go into the pen, they seem to be sleeping under the coop. These two are very hard to catch so I haven't been able to put them in the coop yet. I am worried they will start to lay under the coop and I can't get the eggs. Otherwise they are going great.
  2. andehens

    andehens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2008
    Scenic Sierra Nevadas

    is it possible the rir's won't let the babies in the coop with them at night?
  3. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC!!! [​IMG]

    You may need to catch your two new chickens and put them in a container in the coop for a couple of days so that they know that the coop is their house!! You may also have to come outside at night and physically put them in the coop on the roosts.

    How are they getting along with the other chickens during the day??

    Good Luck!!
  4. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    I would go out after dark and put the new birds in the new house. I would have to do it for a week or so.

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