Moving into coop

revmichael

In the Brooder
6 Years
Sep 3, 2013
46
2
32
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?
 

Mrs. K

Free Ranging
11 Years
Nov 12, 2009
9,296
12,513
636
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
 

aart

Chicken Juggler!
Premium Feather Member
8 Years
Nov 27, 2012
99,270
138,938
1,807
SW Michigan
My Coop
My Coop
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?
One to two weeks.

Do you have a run?
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom