Going to bed.....chickens are not the brightest bulbs....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by eggcamefirst, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. eggcamefirst

    eggcamefirst Out Of The Brooder

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    So when I open the coop in the evening the chicks (6 weeks old) all gather on the ramp... no one actually goes inside. I have heard of putting treats inside and/or a light. Granted they have only been outside 3 nights but I was hoping to avoid the "catch and place" phase and move to the "we put ourselves to bed phase".....any other suggestions?
     
  2. chickenbythesea

    chickenbythesea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ours are 4 weeks and we're stuck with the catch and shove in before they escape again routine . I tried the light thing and it didn't do anything. I'd love to hear too if anyone has a sure fire way to get them in!
     
  3. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Before long they'll get the idea. I had to round mine up for the first week until they started putting themselves to bed at dusk. I also did use food, I'd make up some oatmeal and fruit, and put the bowl in the coop. They would eat up and then go to bed!
     
  4. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Go out a bit earlier.


    Take some treats with you.


    Place some treats (just one a few to tempt) around the ramp, one or two on the ramp and then go into the coop and spread the rest of the treats.


    Once everyone is in and while they are eating close the pop door.


    Stay and watch chicks finish treats. [​IMG]


    Watch so none escape as you leave the coop.
     
  5. serenityNH

    serenityNH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been battling this for 3 weeks! Two nights a week and a half ago they all went in on their own and then all of a sudden back to square one, argh! [​IMG] Then last night it dawned on me that we had solar lights pointing into the run and maybe that is why they weren't going in? Sure enough tonight I moved the solar light, put a small light on in the coop and I just went out and they were all in [​IMG]
    I think it just takes repetition and the right circumstances for them to 'get it', I don't believe there are any easy solutions unfortunately [​IMG]
     
  6. Sorin

    Sorin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Agreed! Try the light again as well, after a few more nights of putting them in the light will appeal to them and they will gravitate to it. It worked for me. You really need to try a combination of all these techniques and see what works fir your chickens. I know what your going through, I just went through the same process a few weeks ago. [​IMG]
     
  7. ajay

    ajay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I left my girls in the coop for 3 days straight. Once they were let out, they came in and put themselves to bed when it got dark. Might be worth a shot.
     
  8. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All you have to do is lock them in the coop for a few days without letting them out at all then let them out and they will auto self put to sleep after that. [​IMG]
     
  9. eggcamefirst

    eggcamefirst Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I feel like the dim bulb now...went down to the coop 10 minutes ago and sure enough they were all inside asleep! I think they did that just to show me up, I'm sure I'll be chasing again tomorrow night... Thanks for the help!
     
  10. serenityNH

    serenityNH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't find that locking them in worked? I locked mine in for 4 days and that didn't help mine put themselves to bed [​IMG]
     

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