leave chicks in coop all day?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by litlepig11, May 15, 2010.

  1. litlepig11

    litlepig11 New Egg

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    hello, im new here and to raising chicks...our 7 week old chicks spent the first night out in the chicken coop lastnight should i leave them in it all day or let them back out. the problem is they think the house is the coop they are bit spoiled i guess [​IMG] at night they keep coming up the the house back door and we let them in, now that the coop is finished and its warm out we want them to go into the coop at night...any suggestions?
     
  2. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They don't know where their new home is yet. Just take them out to the coop in the evenings for a few days and they will get the idea.
     
  3. litlepig11

    litlepig11 New Egg

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    you dont think leaving them in all day will help?
     
  4. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I suggest leaving them inside their new coop for a week. That way they will associate that this is their home.
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I agree. Keep them in the coop for a week and they'll figure it out. It may seem a bit cruel to keep them locked up for a week, but it's nice because once you do it they will (almost) always go in at night on their own after that. You won't have to do any chick wrangling, which means less stress for them and it will be safer for them if they learn to put themselves to bed at night; whether you are there or not.
     
  6. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just wanted to step back in and mention something. Is your coop well ventilated/shady? What are your outside temps? I just wanted to make sure you didn't cook your little ones.
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2010
  7. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Chillin' With My Peeps

    You could leave them locked in the coop for 24hours. As long as you have good ventilation, and it won't get too hot. Make sure they have food & water,of course. Try penning them in a smaller run near the coop away from your back door.
     

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