How long in the new coop ?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 24279102, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. 24279102

    24279102 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Grand Bay, AL
    How long do I have to keep the girls locked in their new house before they figure out that they have a new address ? They sure are mad at me right now !!
  2. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    You don't necessarily have to keep them locked in for weeks on end or anything. In the evening right before it gets dark, you can let them out. They might venture out for a little while, but with it being close to dusk, they will be sure to stay close to their house. Eventually, as you let them out earlier and earlier in the evening, they will learn where they are to be at night. It shouldn't take too long either.

    Good luck!
  3. BlakesFarm

    BlakesFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2011
    Upstate SC
    Guinea fowl or chickens or something els? I kep my guinea fowl in there coop for a month.

    And [​IMG] from South Carolina!
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2011
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I keep chickens in a new coop for about a week just to cement "this is home" in their little heads. For grow-out coops, I keep the young birds inside a small penned area around their coop for two weeks before letting them out to mingle with everyone they've seen (and which have seen them).
  5. 24279102

    24279102 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Grand Bay, AL
    I only have three hens now and we burned down their other coop so they won't be able to find that. Perhaps tomorrow if it is not snowing here in Alabama (yes, I said snow!) and we are working about in the yard I will let them out.
  6. cannoteatchickensanymore

    cannoteatchickensanymore New Egg

    Jul 21, 2010
    New York State
    It took a few days for us after we moved them to the new coop from our house (it was a quite mess...[​IMG]). My chickens usually followed me when I called. So I could put them in the coop easily with some treat, after their daytime free range activity. A few days later, I found the chickens were heading toward the coop during sunset. Since then, no guiding has been necessary. [​IMG]
  7. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    i transfered my chickens to thier new coop at night when they were roosting, one by one i put them on their new roost, and by the next evening, they automaticly knew where too roost in their new coop
  8. 24279102

    24279102 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Grand Bay, AL
    I let them out yesterday and finding their new home last night seemed to be a challenge - even though one of them had gone back in during the day to lay an egg!!! I'm hoping that tonight will be better.
  9. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    I toss scratch in the coop i want then to go in so they get eggcited about going in the new coop works very well for me I do scratch a few times a day for a few days and thyey are at home!!

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