Looking for suggestions for a hen that won't go into the coop

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by akleser, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. akleser

    akleser New Egg

    Jul 19, 2015
    We have a small flock of six hens. We currently have an Easter Egger, a Olive Egger, two Red Sex Links and recently added a barred rock and an ameraucana. The Ameraucana is a pullet and is having a really hard time adjusting. We introduced both her and the barred rock slowly, over the course of about three weeks. The barred rock is fully integrated into the flock, but the Ameraucana is still refusing to go anywhere near the others, to the point where she won't go into the coop at night :(. We live in Ontario, Canada - and our winter's can get quite cold (down to -40 C last year) - I want to make sure she learns the coop is a good place to go in the cold, but am unsure what to do. At this point, I have to go out every night and physically put her in the coop (which she does not like at all :( ). Any suggestions? She's a beautiful bird and I would hate to lose her to the cold!
  2. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    Sounds frustrating!

    Is she younger than the others? Also, is there plenty of room in the coop for her? Where is she trying to spend the night instead of going into the coop?

    It may be that you have to personally put her in each night or not allow her to go to where she's trying to roost instead. It may just have become a habit with her. I had to do that for at least a week with some young pullets that were insisting on roosting in the tree instead of the coop. Of course, that's much more pleasant in the summer than when it's -40.

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