It's 34 degrees and my chickens won't go in the coop.


Free Ranging
5 Years
Nov 26, 2017
Southwest Idaho
I would consider the size of the coop itself before shutting them in.
Go out at sunset or as soon after as you can, and put each one in the coop and shut them in until morning.
Do this for as long as it takes for them to start going in on their own.
Chickens naturally want to roost high in trees.
We humans put them in coops to keep them safe from predators but a coop around sunset is a dark scary place...very cave-like.
They don’t want to go in but will soon realize it’s safe.
I’ve found my birds are more likely to go in sooner if I have windows and doors open so there’s more light for them to see by.


Chicken Juggler!
Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Nov 27, 2012
SW Michigan
My Coop
My Coop
Should I just let them go in when they want? I put them in tonight but they always roost outside on the coop. Do they know when it's too cold to be outside?
Is the coop(your avatar?) inside a predator, and weather, proof run?
If that is your coop, it's too small for the 6 birds shown..
More info, and pics, on present setup would help immensely.

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