How do I get my Chicks to go into their coop by themselves

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by roni0907, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. roni0907

    roni0907 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 24, 2011
    SF Bay/ Delta Area in CA
    Until the coop was finished, we had our chicks inside. Now that they have full run of the fully-enclosed coop and run, they appear to be happy. However every night, they are crouched in the corner of the run, huddled together to keep warm. DH and I go out every evening and physically put them into their coop to sleep and they usually stay put unless it isn't fully dark yet. In the morning, they are out and about when I go out to check on them.

    How can I get them to go into their coop at night to sleep by themselves? I would think that they would want to go in there since they would feel safe, etc.????
  2. Wolftalk

    Wolftalk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2011
    The Coop :)
    you can try feeding them in there at nightime. they should come in to eat and them close the door on them so they know that they need to stay inside! [​IMG] luck!
  3. atr04screw

    atr04screw Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 14, 2011
    Mine did the same thing for about the first week. Their "run" is the bottom story of the coop, but it is grass like a normal run. They would all huddle up in a corner and sleep. For the first couple of nights, I put them upstairs in the roost area, and they would sleep on the wood shavings under the roosts. Then, I left them alone for a few nights and they still slept on the ground in the run. They eventually started going upstairs after about a week of sleeping on the grass.
  4. xxxgeorgiexxx

    xxxgeorgiexxx Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 3, 2011
    i just kept placing mine in the coop until they got used to going in at night now they are go in by themselves [​IMG][​IMG]
  5. Jerseycoop

    Jerseycoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2011
    New Jersey
    How are old are they? I went through this as well not too long ago. At dusk i would go out and put them in the coop at first i put their waterer and food inside everynight. About 10 days later they marched themselves up the ramp and were waiting for ME to close the coop/run door. After they learned I took the food out (chickens don't eat while they sleep). Now they have learned to sit on their roost at night. For 2 nights I'd place only 2 up on the roost and in two days they all got it! Good luck
  6. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2011
    Midway, GA
    I have been advised that when moving a coop (so I assume introducing them as well), the chickens should be penned into the COOP for several days so they learn their whereabouts and figure out the new roosting situation. After that they know where to sleep and return there before dark. This has always worked for me for half of my first batch and was repeated whenever we moved the coop, even just around the yard (since they range).

    However, if you truly free-range, they may opt out of the coop situation entirely. The free-range half of my first batch slept in a dogwood tree through thunderstorms, blizzards (just a few), and baking heat despite many other options. That was the highest comfortable spot in the yard, it was the roost they chose and they slept there no matter what. If they're in a run, though, I'm guessing you can get them to just sleep in the coop if you *coop* them in there for a few days.
  7. Patricia Jane

    Patricia Jane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2010
    Petaluma CA
    I kept mine in the coop for the first 4 days. Had no problem after that. They went into the coop at dusk. They need to know that that is their home and safe haven and that's where they sleep. Keeping them cooped up (pardon the pun) for the first few days will help them get it.
  8. John Chicken GB

    John Chicken GB Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 20, 2011
    Great Britain
    Quote:After a few days of being scooped up and cooped up , they'll get the swing of it. Mine were waiting for me to scoop them up like small children with their hands up in the air and cooing in a way that only a Father to chick can understand !In seven or eight days they march up the ramp on thier own, even without a bedtime story .
    Wonderful ! lol [​IMG]

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