Getting new teen hens in hen house at night???

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mysis6, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. mysis6

    mysis6 New Egg

    Aug 1, 2015
    I have a wonderful laying hen named Rita. Rita & her coop mate was attacked by dogs & the mate was killed & Rita injured. For 2 days I cleaned & medicated her wounds and believe it or not she kept laying eggs. 3 days after the attack a friend (to ease my sorrow) gave my three teen hens. I was delighted!! Rita seemed so happy too as she treated them like a new mom w/babies. Buttttt she stopped laying. Thats not a problem for me because I figured as she got use to the new ones things would get back to normal.
    The thing is I can't get the teens to go into the hen house at night. They roost in the bush thats in the chicken coop. It's getting cold at night so I want them inside the hen house. What should I do????
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :) I would keep them inside the coop all day for multiple days. That will teach them that the coop is "home."
  3. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. I would wait until dusk and move the teen chickens into the coop. You may have yo do this several times. But hopefully, eventually they will learn the hen house is where the should go at night. Good luck with your girls. :)
  4. BlessedCountry6

    BlessedCountry6 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello. Welcome to BYC! You have to show your new chickens their home by keeping them locked in it for a few days. At night I started feeding my chicken in the coop at night so it would teach the to go. I don't have to do that anymore. If I'm late feeding them at night they r already in the coop sleeping.

    They will learn. It takes a little time. I am glad your Rita lived through the attack. I hope your teens settle in soon.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Thankfully you are not having integration issues. Your new birds are probably afraid of entering a dark coop. Sometimes having a small light on timer will draw them into the coop and they will roost. Once they are used to it, it should no longer be a problem. For now, I would physically put them inside and on the roost , then close the door.
    They are much safer sleeping inside.

    You have an exceptional hen,, that she kept on laying , and is welcoming to the new girls.
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  6. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    X2 on drumstick diva's advice. I had to add a regular light in my coop to get my flock to learn to enter the coop - so much easier than herding and placing them inside. We used a 40 watt bulb and a remote on/off power plug in so once they were in and roosting we could cut the light without entering the coop. They went in on their own the first night with the light. Used it for 3 days or so and after that they learned to go in.

    So sorry about your losses, better luck in the future.
  7. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


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