I'm trying to get my hens to sleep in the henhouse

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dimi1954, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. dimi1954

    dimi1954 New Egg

    Mar 6, 2012
    We have a 8 x 10 enclosed chicken coop with a hen house. The hens are around 3 months old. I am trying to teach them to go into the hen house to sleep by themselves. So far, I have to go out every nite and put them inside the hen house. Once I put them in they will stay until day light and come out on their own. Any suggestions on how to get them to roost inside the hen house once it is dark. I want them to get use to going inside the hen house so when they start laying, they will go inside to lay their eggs.

    Am I expecting too much from the chicks???

  2. ella

    ella Chillin' With My Peeps

    Light in the coop helps. I think they instinctively go to the light. Also if the coop is big enough, keeping them in it for a few days, with food and water of course, helps them see that it is their home.

    If the coop is not off the ground or they don't have roosts in it (or if the roosts outside are higher/more inviting) that can be a problem.
  3. Lute

    Lute Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2012
    Albuquerque, NM
    I just built my coop last Saturday. It's a small one (4x4x4) but has a huge run. I kept them in the coop for 2 days before letting them out into the run (had to finish fencing it in). When it starts to get dark they automatically go into the coop. They're 6 weeks old (7 weeks this Saturday).

    I have solar garden lights in their coop. I take the lights out in the morning when I get off shift (overnight at the hotel) and give them food and water. Later in the day I put the solar lights back into the coop and it stays lit for them until much later in the night.

    In the next couple weeks I'll drill holes in the roof and drop the solar lights into that, that way the solar panel has access to the light (to charge) and I won't have to move them daily. My solar lights look similar to these; I picked them up at Wal-Mart last year for a couple bucks. They aren't very bright but they do the job.

  4. Help_battery_hens

    Help_battery_hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2011
    Hi i had the same problem with my girls when i first got them and again when i put them in a new coop. i was lifting them into their nest box every night for about two weeks. i agree with the light issue too i had to fit two new windows in the shed that their nest box was inside and this i think helped them find their way into their house at night to sleep. so i think a solar light would be a good idea.
  5. omartorres

    omartorres Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 6, 2011
    Im having the same problem i bought a cubalaya pair and they sleep on top of the coop and i grave them and rest them inside the coop and i open the door every morning,I also bought a game hen a month ago she wasent use to the coop ether but now she lays her eggs in the nesting box i hope my rooster and hen start sleeping inside so the rooster can fertelize the eggs.

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