Moving into coop

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by revmichael, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. revmichael

    revmichael Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 3, 2013
    I have a hen who has been totally free range, no coop. I just moved her and her 10 2 week old chicks into a coop. Want to keep them safer than just a fenced yard.

    How long should i keep all of them inside the coop so that they go back into it at night when i finally let them free range during the day?

    She was given to me as a gift and i didnt have a coop but used a dog crate. She and our rooster decided they preferred a tree at night. Will they ever start using the coop?
  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    I wouldn't want 2 week old chicks free ranging. Too easy to get picked off. I leave mine locked up until they are at least 6 weeks or big enough for a cat to leave alone.
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    If the chicks are with the broody hen, they will sleep where she sleeps. If you can convince her that the best spot is inside the coop, then the chicks, and probably the rooster will follow.

    I just made a new coop myself (thanks to a wonderful son in law) and I put a little feed right outside the door and a little inside the door, and got them to go in and look around.

    Mrs K
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    One to two weeks.

    Do you have a run?

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