Help with my Quines hens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Newquineamom, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. Newquineamom

    Newquineamom In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2018
    I am having a hard time getting my Quinea hens to go in their coop at night. I have 6 birds and I got them from someone and they are over a year old.
    I had them in their coop for about 6 weeks. Then I let them out to free range. But they did not go to their coop instead they flew up into the tree's. They did that for a couple of nights. Then I went up and managed to get them in their run. They would not go into their coop door. So I cut a peice out of the fence to allow them in that way. So the next night I thought they would go in on their own but only 3 went in.
    I was told from the person that I got them from just to leave food down for them. But me feeding them through the day they don't want any when I try to get them in. Please help I sure need it.
  2. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

    Oct 25, 2015
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  3. Newquineamom

    Newquineamom In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2018
    Thank for having me.☺
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    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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  5. redranger209

    redranger209 Crowing

    Apr 17, 2016
    Oakdale, CA
    Quinea? I thought it was guinea.
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    Hen Pen Jem Crowing

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    Joeschooks Just clucking around

    Feb 7, 2018
    Hampshire, UK
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  8. Newquineamom

    Newquineamom In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2018
    Sorry about that you are right it is guinea. Thanks for clearing that up.
  9. redranger209

    redranger209 Crowing

    Apr 17, 2016
    Oakdale, CA
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  10. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger

    Feb 24, 2013
    Natrona County, Wyoming
    Guineas can be trained to go in the coop at night but they have to be trained because they are not going to do it on their own. Some people use treats or a call or a bell to train their guineas. One of the most commonly used treats is millet. Of course if your guineas are not familiar with millet, you first have to get them used to it. Another possible treat is mealworms. The training is usually done by calling the guineas and rewarding when they come with the treats.

    Other options are to only feed and water them in the coop.

    I only feed and water my guineas in their coop. I have never trained my guineas to come for treats. I always herd my guineas into their coop every evening. Do not wait until sunset to put your guineas into their coop. They do not like to go into dark places. If waiting until too late, turn a light on in the coop to encourage the guineas to enter.

    I herd my guineas into their coop by using a long stick to extend my reach. I go slowly and do not rush them. If rushed, they will panic and take flight. I have been doing this for years so my guineas are thoroughly trained to respond by going into the coop.

    In the early days I often had to use a stick in each hand. I also keep a 20'+ long stick to chase them out of the trees if necessary. My guineas are so used to the procedure that now I can just stand in one place and tap my stick on the ground as they scoot past me and into the coop.

    Good luck.

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