Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jgriffin, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. jgriffin

    jgriffin Hatching

    Aug 25, 2014
    moved our coop into the barn yesterday. Had to coax them in last night but they finally found their food/water/coop new location and slept there but did not go in coop. tonight they would not go in their new area and are perched on fence post and unfortunately I cannot get them all corralled to the barn. They are going to be outside all night and im worried about predators. Does anyone have any advice on how I can get them to accept their new location so they will go in at night?

    Of note...there was an egg in the coop so one of them went in there today.

    I have 5 hens and one sassy rooster.

    any advice would be welcomed.

  2. chickenlover09

    chickenlover09 Chirping

    Jul 17, 2014
    I don't know much about this, so someone with more experince please help this fellow person.

    (this is my advice for when you finally have wrangled them up.)

    I would leave them in the coop for 1 whole day, with lots of feed and water. The next day you can let them run around your' barn, with the coop door open, and with the feed and water. Make sure that there is only food and water in the coop, so they have to go into it to get it. You can do this for a few days, and make sure they go into the coop, and then let em wander around outside the barn.

    Hope I helped a big! :)
  3. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

    Jan 27, 2014
    Central Oregon
    When you move an entire flock to new digs you need to lock them into the new coop for at least 3-5 days. This way they will then understand that this is now home. You say you moved them to the there some way you can wire off a run-type area for them, still in the barn, so that they can have a little "outside time" of sorts but still be "connected" to the new coop in a way?
  4. jgriffin

    jgriffin Hatching

    Aug 25, 2014
    Thank you for the information. We were able to secure them in the barn and they will still get free space.
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