How old are your chicks? Do you have a roost set up in the coop also that is reachable for them yet? Had they learned to roost inside before you brought them outside? And what part of the world do you live? If it’s extremely hot still it seems like locking them inside the coop for five days in hot weather is rough.There is no Light in the coop. Should I put a light in and have it turn off maybe an hour after sunset? And, lock them back up in the coop for a 3-5 days?
I thought so too.It's hard to tell from a photo, but is that roost bar really high off the ground? Can they get up onto it?
Ramp might work, thing is they'll try to fly down and may hit the wall in the other side.It is pretty high. They cannot get onto it. I guess I thought it was supposed to be high and that they would grow into it. Should I lower the roosting bars, or build a ramp up to them?
Ah, Florida... then for starters I'd open up a lot more ventilation, like the entire wall facing into the coop.They are about 7 weeks old. The small little roosting bar on the floor is what they had in their brooder, but I haven't seen them use it since moving out to the coop. Yes the black is the covered nesting boxes, and yes the roosting bar is just above it. I am in central Florida and it is still very hot. The coop has a vent in the back and a window on the front which I've been leaving open at night for air to flow through. I also have a 12" oscillating fan mounted in the coop.
I have their food and water outside of the coop. Should I also keep food and water in the coop?
Go out BEFORE it is totally dark. Put them on the roost and roost them in the same spot (each bird) every night. As soon as you get them on the roost lock up. Might take a couple of days for them to go in or a week even. Birds develop habits pretty quickly.Before moving my chicks from in the house to the coop outside, I read that I should lock them in the coop for the first two nights so they know that that is where they are supposed to sleep. I did this, but it certainly didn't work. Every night they all huddle together on the ground in the run. We have to get them and put them in the coop every night. Is there a way to train them to go in the coop at night for bed time?