How long does it take to get the chickens to go into a new coop?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gallinamama, May 25, 2010.

  1. gallinamama

    gallinamama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am a new at this.. I just got the new coop up and put them in yesterday... they loved the run... they were happy little birds checking out every inch of the run [​IMG] When it came time to put them in the coop for the night.... [​IMG] they didn't want to go in... I had to catch them one by one and put them in the coop and close the door. Burton... kept sneaking out the corner.[​IMG] They didn't drink too much if any in the coop so I put the water and the food in the run this morning and they started to drink.... would it be because I do not have lights in there yet?[​IMG]
     
  2. Mother of All

    Mother of All Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I moved mine into an new coop I made them stay in the coop for a few days just put their water and feed into the coop. after a few days open the door and let them into the run. they should go back inside at night after that.
     
  3. St-Hubert

    St-Hubert Chicken Convert

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    We're new to this, too, and we did what the above poster had done.....when we moved them outside, we put them in the coop for a few days. When we did start letting them out into the run, we'd put them back into the coop through the pop door. I can tell you it's a hoot and a half trying to get three chickens to STAY inside the coop when you put them in that way! [​IMG] It only took a few days of that before they started putting themselves to bed each night. Now we go outside a little after dark to close the pop door and make sure they are settled in.
     
  4. gallinamama

    gallinamama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you for the idea. I have to tell you what I did last night and it worked.... I put some corn and grapes in their feed and for some reason one chicken came in then another.... I think I have a plan.. just goodies at night![​IMG]
     
  5. gallinamama

    gallinamama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you also for the help... like I said to Mother of all, I gave my 9 chickens a bowl full of goodies.. and they came running in.. it was so fast my husband asked me if I took care of the chickens.. [​IMG] Do you have 3 chickens, what kind are they.. I have a variety, I don't know the proper names yet and soon I will post some pictures. Maybe someone can tell me what they are... I got mine free from my Grandson's preschool. They hatched 24 eggs and only 12 made it.. I don't know what happened.. but some one took 3 and I took the rest. They hatched on April 12th.. so I know their birthdate!![​IMG]
     
  6. St-Hubert

    St-Hubert Chicken Convert

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    Quote:Good deal on that! I have heard the way to their hearts is through their stomachs! [​IMG]

    We actually have five, but only three of them have free reign of the run....a Light Brahma named Kiev, a Buff Orpington named Pot Pie, and an Easter Egger named Cordon Bleu. The other two are younger Welsummers...Tender and Noodle.
    Post photos of your chicks. I have no doubt somone on here could id them for you!
     

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