Into Your Coop - On Command

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CalgaryFarmer, Feb 13, 2016.

  1. CalgaryFarmer

    CalgaryFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Anyone else able to get their chickens into their coop on command? Corraling them into an open door does not count.
     
  2. CalgaryFarmer

    CalgaryFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    And without bribes like treats.
     
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2016
  3. Macis Papa

    Macis Papa Out Of The Brooder

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    Nope
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes. I've trained my chickens to come when I call them. I used treats and a verbal cue. Now I only need the verbal cue and they will all come running. "Hey you guys! Come on! Come on!"

    Chickens look so funny when they run with those short little legs at top speed! I get them into the run in a blink of an eye! Sometimes, I reward and reinforce with treats once they get in.
     
  5. CalgaryFarmer

    CalgaryFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    I tap a hockey stick on the ground - tap tap - I then wait 6 or 7 seconds and repeat. They then dutifully start walking up their ramp and into the coop. [edit: I have to repeat a number of times.]

    Training involved the same thing but included chasing them around with the hockey stick until they sought refuge in the coop.

    It is important that the tapping is far enough away that they do not feel threatened as they go to the ramp and into the coop.
     
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2016
  6. nab58

    nab58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine will follow me into the coop but only because they expect food.
     

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