Going in the coop!!!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chop33, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. Chop33

    Chop33 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 5, 2011
    Crofton, Kentucky
    Can't get my 12 week old chicks to go in coop at night. I take them in every night for the last three nights and put them on the roost. What is up with them?[​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2011
  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Hi and Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Give them time and they'll figure it out, eventually.

    When we first put ours outside in the coop, they's spend the day in there, use the roosts for preening and then sleep out in the run at night. After a week or so, they finally started using the ladder into the coop as a roost and then made their way to the indoor roost.

    Chickens...ya gotta love 'em! [​IMG]
  3. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2010
    Southern Illinois
    They will get used to going in at dusk. One question, is it dark inside the coop at roost time or are there plenty of openings (doors/windows). Some chickens don't like to go into dark places that cannot be seen. Just a thought.
  4. wayneh

    wayneh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2011
    N. E. Alabama
    Have you shut them in the coop for a couple days? If you have not locked them inside they don't know its home. It takes them a few days to attach to the coop. If you have not, leave them inside for a couple days and that should do the trick.
  5. ChickInDelight

    ChickInDelight Never an Empty Nest

    Apr 27, 2011
    Browntown, VA
    Mine were locked in their hutch a long time before free-ranging. Now, they put themselves to bed at late dusk / early dark. Recently, I left the door shut during the day. When I went out at dark, I found them cuddled up on the top of the hutch.
  6. poseygrace

    poseygrace Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    Try putting a light in the coop, and turning it on at dusk. Worked like a CHARM for mine! I have mine on a timer, and it comes on at dusk and stays on two hours. I just used my brooder lamp with a white bulb. Good luck!
  7. NewOldMotherHen

    NewOldMotherHen Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2011
    Shenandoah Valley
    I took the advice of posters here and kept my chicks inside their house for almost two weeks before letting them go into their yard. This gives them time to "home." They learn that their coop is their safe haven and now just like clockwork at dusk they return to roost with no problem.
  8. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have had my miracle chickies inside run for weeks,still there are a few that are just simply confused ,airheads [​IMG] that I still have to nudge into the coop !
  9. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Took mine over a week and there was still one or two who had to be put in for a few days more. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  10. NanaLantana

    NanaLantana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2011
    Lantana, Florida
    Yep, you gotta train them! Chickens are creatures of habit, they're probably wanting to back into your house! Mine did - cried for about 2 weeks when I first started to put them to bed on the roost. Then kept getting down - - - - So I waited until dark, then placed each one on the roost, and they stayed until morning. Took a while, but they're trained great now! Now they're laying - in the nest boxes that I showed them over and over!

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