having chicken problems

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by shorty13th, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. shorty13th

    shorty13th New Egg

    Aug 7, 2014
    I am in northern ca. I am new to raising chickens. We have 5 leghorn hens and a rooster. They haven't started laying yet. So my problem is we let them out of their coop in the afternoon and we come to lock them up at night and find them roosting high up in the trees. How do I remedy this. R they u happy with their home?

  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    This is common is some flocks. The best way to make them stay inside is by locking them in for a few days so they have no choice but to roost there. Since they are a creature of habit they'll continue to go back to roost in the coop once you let them out again.

    Good luck with them and welcome!
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Mountain Peeps X2 Chickens don't know that the coop is home nor do they know it is safe to sleep in there. So you need to lock them in the coop for several days and not let them out, so after being stuck in the coop and sleeping in the coop for a few days, they will naturally return to where they know it is safe. Once they see the coop as a safe place to roost, they will return there each night.

    Good luck and welcome to our flock!
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2014
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. Mountain Peeps has given you some good advice. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in getting your Leghorns to roost in the coop.
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    YOu got good answers. Birds roosting in trees are snacks for owls and raccoons. They won't move in the dark, so they are very easy pickings.

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