Go In You Dummies

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by codymax2, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. codymax2

    codymax2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2010
    Liverpool, NY
    My girls have a nice somewhat coop and refuse to use it for anything but to lay eggs!!!! Rain and those stupid girls look miserable and shake off the rain but refuse to go in, they roost in a pear tree or the door to their pen but never come out unless i let them .....are they really that stupid? We have cold winters, i hope the dont turn into chickencicles any idaes on how to get them to GO IN!!!
  2. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

    May 5, 2007
    central maine
    at night when they are sleepy, go gather them up and put them in the coop, close the door. in the morning let them out by opening the door. do this for a few nights and they will get the idea.
  3. codymax2

    codymax2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2010
    Liverpool, NY
    Thanks I'll try it!!
  4. dirtsaver

    dirtsaver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2010
    Northern Kentucky
    Quote:Yep! This is the way to go! When we introduced the three Welsummer girls(after the quarrantine period and a week in a fenced off corner of the big run) they did not want to go in the big coop at night. They kept looking for the dog crate that was their temporary home. We caught them up the first couple of nights and set them on the bottom roost when it was time for bed. After that they rolled right into the coop behind the other girls every night!

  5. maggiemooscluckers

    maggiemooscluckers Chillin' With My Peeps

    My girls aren't as old as yours but I had to literally reach out the pop door every night and pull them in. They would always huddle right under the door and ladder but wouldn't go in. After three weeks of pulling them in one by one they finally got the idea. It seemed that the day they turned 6 weeks they decided all at once that the coop was the place to go. Now they go in and out all day long. There are even times during the day that they are all inside on the roost. It's kinda funny though, they still sleep on the floor at night. I guess that roosting at night will also come. I am not able to free range so that might have something to do with it. I might not want to come in if I had the run of the yard either. Good luck!
  6. swimmer

    swimmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2010
    I had to do the same thing. They just need to be shown sometimes.

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