How do you make them go home?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by congdon476, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

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    OK- after a week of shoo-ing them out of the coop every morning, they have finally gotten the idea that it's great to be outside (6/7 weeks old). NOW... how do I get them to want to go back into the coop when the sun starts setting?! I spent 20 minutes tonight chasing down the last 2 hens (the first 5 and 1 roo didn't take but 5 minutes) to get them back into the coop. Surely there is an easier way? Or maybe they'll get the hint soon? Is this typical with a backyard flock?
     
  2. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
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    When mine were little I had to wait until they settled down to roost (notice I said when they were ready to roost, not when I was ready for them to roost [​IMG] ) and then I was able to put them in the coop. They didn't much appreciate being picked up every evening and eventually started going inside on their own. [​IMG]
     
  3. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

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    Quote:Ha... well, they were all laying together in a pile next to the fence, so I "thought" they were ready to go home. As soon as I started to pick up the first one, they all scattered! [​IMG]
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    When I worked earlier hours and had to chase them into the coop well before dark. I would use long (5 foot) sticks to extend my arms. Gave me at least a fighting chance on herding them.

    Imp
     
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:[​IMG] , I use old curtain rods! DH thinks it's hilarious.
     
  6. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

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    All I can say is best of luck I have been seen diving for the one that wants to hang out longer
     
  7. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Kansas
    Do you have a light in your coop? Might make it more inviting to them as it starts to get dark.
     
  8. Foxhound lady

    Foxhound lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    for the reluctant ones we use very long sticks with the occasional touch on the back.

    If that doesnt work bribery:thumbsup
     
  9. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    When they were little one day old babies I started calling to them everytime I fed them. They figured out pretty quickly to come runnin' when Momma is calling. Even now I feed them twice a day even if it's just a few kitchen scraps or some scratch grains. Doesn't matter how exciting the worms or bugs are they always figure I have something better so when it's time to go to bed for the night I call them, throw something on the floor for them to eat and lock 'em in.
     
  10. Leah-yes I know I'm crazy

    Leah-yes I know I'm crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I walk outside with a bowl. Obviously I have walked outside with a bowl of treats often enough now that when they see a bowl - any bowl - they follow me anywhere.
     

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