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Getting them to go into the coop....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by smalltownchicks, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. smalltownchicks

    smalltownchicks Seven Silly Hens

    Jul 7, 2011
    I'm not sure what is making them not go into the coop...
    new nest box
    new hanging light
    new roost
    starting to lay eggs

    There have been some changes but I don't get it. We've had our first big winter storm and they are out in the run. The run has the coop that is on top of it and then hay bales surrounding it, but my coop is beautiful and cozy....what's up??
    I have it lit up so when it get's dark, but they still don't go in. My hubby thinks I should move the hay bales so it's not as nice down in the run. Is that a good idea?
    At first, it was just 2 of them that didn't go in but now it's all 7 of them.
    Any ideas?

    Thanks [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2011

  2. Darklingstorm

    Darklingstorm Songster

    Jan 10, 2011
    Durant, Oklahoma
    might have to lock them in for awhile to remind them that the coop is where they should be. Can they get to the hay? If yes, they might actually prefer it to the coop. I would move the hay to the outside of the run so they can hide in it.
  3. Kadjain

    Kadjain Songster

    Put their food and water in there maybe?
  4. AngelaB

    AngelaB Songster

    Sep 4, 2011
    Mine didn't like going in at all when the weather was nice. Once they got a little older and the nights turned cold, they went in. We did start taking them in a few times at night, and after that they did it themselves.
  5. Dutchess

    Dutchess Songster

    Do you have enough ventilation in your coop? Sometimes people close things up thinking it's too cold for the chickens. I have not seen your coop so its hard to say.
    Good luck, I would definately bring their food and water inside like Kadjain suggested. [​IMG]

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