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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kmyers, Oct 24, 2016.

  1. kmyers

    kmyers Just Hatched

    Oct 24, 2016
    My name is Kandice i have my very first flock. I have one of my original girls ive had since feb when she was tiny. The others turned out to be males and i couldnt keep them so i gave them to a man with a huge flock and got 2 of his girls. In total we have 3 so a small flock lol. They are not laying right now i was told it got to hot in the summer but it has cooled off now and still not laying. Maybe they will start in the spring. I am attempting the deep litter method and doing good with that so far. The only problem i have right now is they wont go in the coop at night unless i shoo them in. I dont want them to freeze to death or get eaten cause they attract the cayotes cause they are out. (they are sleeping in a covered run they are not free range) How can i train them to go inside at night? Thank you.
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    How old are they, and what do you feed them? These can be some important factors that affect laying.

    You might try locking them into the coop for several days; this will usually encourage them to roost inside.
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Kandice, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! I agree with Q'Misha - locking them in the coop for a few nights usually forms the habit. The questions regarding the age of the birds and the feed are also important in understanding why they may not yet be laying. Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! [​IMG]
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to our community. After keeping them in lockdown for a few days, you can hang a small light (a flashlight would do) in the coop on an evening to entice them back to the coop (then turn it off).

    Best wishes

  5. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Howdy, and welcome to Backyard Chickens! One thing I have found to help, is feeding them in the evening in their coop, they realize that coop+food=home. Good luck with them and I hope you enjoy BYC as much as I have!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  7. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
  8. kmyers

    kmyers Just Hatched

    Oct 24, 2016
    Thank you all so much
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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