Going into Coop when we aren’t home

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mkhuskins, Sep 22, 2019.

  1. mkhuskins

    mkhuskins Hatching

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    We have 12 chickens. One is 18 weeks and the rest are 9 weeks. We moved them to the coop approximately 3 weeks ago and we have an automatic coop door that closes at sunset. We did the whole lock them in for a few days but they are super inconsistent about going in at night. Some will but others won’t. However, two nights this week we were gone and got home way past sunset and found all twelve had gone in both nights (I was sure I would be carrying them in). The very next night when we were home 5 didn’t go in. Wondering why they all might have gone in when we were gone but not other nights?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

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    Stop giving them treats and scratch. If they see you, they may wait to retire expecting you to bring them something.
     
  3. mkhuskins

    mkhuskins Hatching

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    Stop giving it to them ever or at a certain time?
     
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  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

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    For a while till they no longer anticipate treats when they see you outside.
     
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  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Free Ranging

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    The 9 weeks old are in the teen age years, so to speak. They want to stay out late at night on the street corner, so to speak. Set your automatic door to close a little later. I would guess the nights you were gone, perhaps it got dark a bit earlier, or was a bit windy or wet, thus encouraging them in.

    They will go to bed eventually. Just make sure the door stay open long enough, so they are not trapped outside.

    MK
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

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    Exactly!
     
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  7. EggWalrus

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    Set the door to close about an hour after dark. You won't find them in the house if they are getting locked out. :thumbsup
     
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  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Welcome to BYC - they are still learning the routine. Great advice from @Mrs. K .
     
  9. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Crowing

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    I agree with the younger ones just don't want to go in as early. My youngsters are usually the last to go in.
     
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