leaving the coop to roost at night

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sue Wiles, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. Sue Wiles

    Sue Wiles New Egg

    Aug 3, 2015
    i have a 2 yr old Silver Wyandotte (sp?) who all of a sudden will not go into the coop at night. Any ideas why or any help never had this happen in my 15 yrs of backyard chickens. Thanks Susan Wiles-Dublin-CA
  2. simmworksfamily

    simmworksfamily Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 25, 2015
    My two girls (RIR and Easter Egger) were on the top of their coop trying to sleep last night when I went to go close them in for the night. They did NOT want to go in their coop. I grabbed a flashlight and checked every nook and cranny just in case a rat or something was hiding in there but nada. Maybe they just wanted to enjoy the cool air?

    I eventually coaxed them into the coop for the night and locked up since we have coons and other animals prowling around at night and my coonhound sleeps indoors all night so he's not much for protecting them during the night.

    I'm interested in hearing other's responses!
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    A couple of thoughts, bullying by other hens, harassment from a rooster, mites, rats or mice, snakes, heat, and my hens are currently molting which causes all kinds of goofy behavior because they are uncomfortable. A coop is suppose to be a safe place to roost so for some reason they are not feeling safe. Hope you can figure it out or it passes.
  4. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Yes, I agree that conflicts at roosting time is likely the reason why chickens suddenly refuse to go into the coop, or will hang out in the run until it gets dark, and then go in at the last minute.

    I urge you to quietly observe roosting time. Watch the dynamics. It can be quite noisy and raucous even if there isn't any obvious bullying. Sometimes it's simply too much for a shy or timid hen, especially of she's very young.

    I usually gently gather up the timid one and carry her into the coop and choose a quiet spot for her to roost. I do that for a few nights until she discovers she's safe and she does it on her own.

    If there's a particular bully that's the problem, I'll resort to discipline, intervening in the aggressive behavior when it occurs. Many times, if you interrupt it, it will eventually stop.

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