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How do I get my hens to stop roosting in the garage?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JeremyinNC, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. JeremyinNC

    JeremyinNC In the Brooder

    Apr 11, 2013
    My two hens that have decided they'd rather roost in the garage instead of their coop, I bought a new coop for them and locked them in it for 24 hrs to try and get them used to it but no dice. They are 100% free range most of the time.

    I can't just lock the garage up (kids coming in and out, dog and cat food is in there etc) although I could probably manage to keep it sealed up for a day or two, at least at dusk.

    Is there a trick to get them to know they are in their new home? Do I just need to leave them locked in for a few days strait? It's getting colder here and I want them to be cozy in their new coop over the winter - last winter they roosted on our back steps which was probably very cold for them and not exactly attractive when ever someone used the back door.

  2. jetdog

    jetdog Songster

    Jun 18, 2013
    I locked mine up for 4 days and never had a problem, just make sure there is food and water inside for them.
  3. appps

    appps Crowing

    Aug 29, 2012
    When we moved ours to the coop they decided to all settle for the night in a little pile outside the garage door instead :)

    We just waited for them to settle then carried them back to their new quarters. They worked it out after a few nights and after I popped one of those $2 solar garden llight in there so it wasn't dark.

    NYREDS Crowing

    Jan 14, 2008
    Close the garage door.
  5. JeremyinNC

    JeremyinNC In the Brooder

    Apr 11, 2013
    I can try but I have kids...

    Maybe I can lock the kids in the coop and let the chickens in the house. They'd probably be cleaner.

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