HELP! chickens wont go into hen house at night???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sillychicks123, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. sillychicks123

    sillychicks123 In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2013
    I have four chickens, who are all about three months old or so. Every night, instead of going into their hen house, they sleep in the corner of the run, under the hen house, so I have to crawl under there and grab them and make them walk up the ramp every night! Only one of my chickens who is a rescue will actually walk up the ramp every night by herself. The ramp is very wide and has little pieces of wood glued to it for grip. How do I train them to walk up the ramp by themselfs? Our coop is safe from predators, so Im not worried about leaving them out, Im more worried about them being out early in the morning and getting used to it, and then making noise if I dont let them out early enough. Ps. My other three chickens are all bantams, one silkie, and two polish if that helps/makes a difference.
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    There are a number of possibilities. It could be they just haven't learned that is where they are supposed to sleep, and need to be placed or bribed inside until they do. There could be a rat or snake getting in there at night, or there could be lice/mites in there. If your weather is hot, they may prefer being outdoors where it's a little cooler, and they are much more sensitive to warmth than cold, and usually it's warmer inside a coop than outside. Just what i can think of offhand.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2013
  3. Krazzy

    Krazzy In the Brooder

    Jun 27, 2013
    i keep my chickens inside the coop till they start roosting. once they start to roost at night i let them into the run. they will want to return before nightfall. of course you cant keep them cooped up if its hot outside. good luck

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