getting them into the coop?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by breezy, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. breezy

    breezy Songster

    Jan 7, 2009
    Sand Coulee MT
    I have 3 6 week old buff orpingtons. They are doing great for me.. eating well ,no health issues and seem to be settling in really well.( just got them monday). My question is how do I teach them to go to their coop at night when I lock them up? I have been capturing them and picking them up when I want to close them in but I would like to be able to get them going in on their own. They are in a 10 by 10 enclosed dog run with the coop inside the run.Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    thank you

  2. jonesgirl

    jonesgirl Songster

    Mar 23, 2009
    Just keep putting them in their by hand, and eventually they will know to go in there... They have to feel safe, and physically putting them in there is the only way to teach them!

    Put a feeder and water in there so they will have a treat when they do... Maybe that will help coax them in. ... Good Luck! [​IMG]
  3. azelgin

    azelgin Songster

    Jan 18, 2008
    S.E. AZ
    It just takes time to teach them where they need to be at bedtime. My latest batch of 6 week olds took my about 10 days of relocating at bedtime, before they caught on.[​IMG]

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