How long for birds to get used to new coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by southernsibe, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. southernsibe

    southernsibe Songster

    Jun 15, 2007
    kensington, maryland
    I have moved my birds into their new condo-coop. They usually free range during the day, but I have not let them out since I moved them. How long do they need to stay in the new coop and run until they learn where "home" is? I am sure this is discussed somewhere, but when I searched I couldn't find it. If someone has the link I'd be very appreciative.
    Thank you
  2. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    I made mine stay in the coop for 4 days and then let them out in the run. I then kept them in the run for 2 weeks. Only had one or two that had a problem finding the gate opening to get back in the run. Still have one or two after 6 months time that still can't find the gate! Bird Brain is not a compliment!!! lol
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2007
  3. OHChick

    OHChick Songster

    May 8, 2007
    i put mine in on a Saturday night, their first day out was Wednesday the following week. so 3 days/4nts. and they know to go back in there to lay their eggs, and they put themselves back up in there at night.

    of course my chickens are smarter than the average. [​IMG]

    good luck.
  4. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Songster

    Aug 18, 2007
    Southeast Texas
    Funny you should ask that question. We finished a new coop this weekend and pulled it around to the run and faced it up to the pop hole. Come dark,eight is enough (what we call that group) just started fussing and milling around. So we had to wrangle those dogies, one at a time into the coop. However this morning i opened the door for them to come out into the run, and no way they liked it so much no one would leave for 30 minutes. Now this afternoon they are going back and forth like they owned the place. go figure!

  5. chickengirlnm

    chickengirlnm Songster

    Sep 4, 2007
    clovis, new mexico
    I willadmit we got pretty lucky with our chickens - we built the coop in the run withthem around us and they were able to walk in it around it before it was finished- their frist night we had to kinda round them up and out them to bed ( get the rooster out of the tree LOl ) the next night some went it on thier own, but after a few days they all started going in on thier own. So I think it too them a total of 3-4 days.


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