making hens feel secure again?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by awalters0815, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. awalters0815

    awalters0815 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had two coon break ins this week and three of my ladies were killed. I have secured the coop, but the hens don't want to go in there at night and they won't lay in there. What can I do to help them feel secure in the coop again and to help them go in to roost at night?
     
  2. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    I would say to lock them in there for a couple of days (& pray you've really secured the coop) like you would with a new flock to get them used to roosting in there. I don't know, however if this would stress them out MORE than the coon attacks.
    Anyone else? [​IMG]
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm sure you secured the coop against further break ins? It's just going to take time for the girls to feel secure again. I'd feed their treats inside the coop to help them get over the fear of being in there.
     

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