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How do I get my new flock to go in the coop at night?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by THV, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. THV

    THV Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Everyone,
    I've got a new flock of chicks- 7, and I just moved them out to the coop 2 days ago. I was hoping they would go inside on their own at the end of the day but they don't seem to be heading in that direction. We went out and rounded them up the past two evenings just after sunset. I don't want to wait too late and then be chasing them around the yard in the dark, but maybe they don't head in until it's getting good and dark? Any tips on when they should be heading into the coop at the end of the day, and how to get them to do it on their own?
    thanks
    Tim
     
  2. patyrdz

    patyrdz The Madd Hatcher

    Feb 26, 2009
    Southern Pines, NC
    Try giving them treats in the coop when it is time for bed. Maybe you can convince them to go in with food! If not it will just take time, and if you keep putting them in at night they will get the picture. Some of mine we had to round up wilth a long stick or broom!![​IMG]
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Lock them in the coop, for at least a week. This programs their brains that the coop is home and where to roost at night. Then when you start letting them out again, do so just a few hours before dusk. Increase the time as they get the idea.
    My chickens never fell for the treat trick. They like being outside too much.
     
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2009
  4. purecountrychicken

    purecountrychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep,,Thats what I had to do with mine. They would not go in the new coop so I locked them inside for 3 days. It worked,,they went in at dark.
     
  5. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree lock them in for a couple days. The should after that go in on there own at dusk. Mine do.
     
  6. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Lock them in the coop, for at least a week. This programs their brains that the coop is home and where to roost at night. Then when you start letting them out again, do so just a few hours before dusk. Increase the time as they get the idea.

    This worked for me right away too. Locked them in for two weeks then opened the door and that night they all went into bed [​IMG] NO problems at all! One was a bit slower but she finally got it [​IMG]
     
  7. dbjay417

    dbjay417 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When i first got my chickens, i had to round them up every evening, and put them in the coop for about 5 days. There is a period in dusk when the chickens are unable to see but visibility for humans is still pretty high, and its just a matter of approaching quietly.
     

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