How do I get my young hens to go back into their coop

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kevintmckay, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. kevintmckay

    kevintmckay New Egg

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    How do I get my young hens to go back into their coop by themselves? Now I need to chase them and put them in which is getting old fast [​IMG]
     
  2. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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    Quote:How old are they? How long have they lived in the coop? Where do you keep their food, in the run or the coop? Do they free-range?

    I put my first batch of chickens in the big girl coop at about 6 weeks old and didn't let them out of the coop for about a week. This was upon advice that it helps them learn where home-base is and that they should return there at dusk. It worked for me.
     
  3. Dingleberry

    Dingleberry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did that at first. is your coop in a run? entice them over with a treat and when they get in the run close put them in. You can also wait for them to go to bed then place them intheir coop., put a lighi in the coop to draw them in when it gets dark. just a few ideas to try [​IMG]
     
  4. FourPawz

    FourPawz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just had to entice a young bird into bed by sitting in a chair shining a flashlight into his cage. He fussed a bit but I just sat quietly until he hopped in and began to eat. I sauntered over, closed the door and turned off his nightlight.

    Silly chicken [​IMG]
     
  5. bigoakhunter

    bigoakhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:How old are they? How long have they lived in the coop? Where do you keep their food, in the run or the coop? Do they free-range?

    I put my first batch of chickens in the big girl coop at about 6 weeks old and didn't let them out of the coop for about a week. This was upon advice that it helps them learn where home-base is and that they should return there at dusk. It worked for me.

    I agree with AlphaChick, sometimes you need to keep them in the coop for awhile when young so they learn that is their home.
     

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