In the Brooder
- Apr 11, 2009
I have four 9 week old Buff Orpingtons. They have been outside in the coop for about 3 weeks now, and I'm wondering if they are ever going to figure out how to go back into the coop at night! For last few nights, when I bring out their treat to entice them back into the coop (they free-range for a few hours each night), two of the chickens will come running, get a taste of the treat, I'll put the treat inside the coop and those two will go inside. Since it is getting dark at that time, both will usually go up to the roost and start getting settled. The other two walk around the coop, looking up at every side of the coop except for where their door is, making noises. Like they hear their sisters in the coop but can't figure out how to get in there with them. So I end up having to chase and catch them at which time they squawk like it's the end of the world. It's really getting frustrating. Any suggestions? I feel like those two are scared of me. Perhaps I should be coaxing them into the coop a little earlier when there is more light in the coop?