My chickens wont go in their coop!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jmoore915, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. jmoore915

    jmoore915 New Egg

    Jun 25, 2016
    I am a new chicken mama and I have 2 roosters and 4 hens in a new coop that is raised off of the ground about 2 feet with a ramp to go in the coop. I hung their food from the roof inside the coop just above the roosting bars. They refuse to go in and eat. I even out a trail of food into up the ramp leading to the feeder but they will stand on the ramp and not go any further. Any suggestions?
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    shut them in the coop every night and eventually they will get the hang of it. and if they are hungry they will go in
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. Chickens are creatures of habit and hate any kind of change. You may wish to keep them closed in the coop for 48 hours (food and water available, of course) and then let them out and see if it helps. Keep following your routine, and they should come around to the idea eventually.

    Best wishes
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    If you could post a photo of your coop, maybe we can see something about it, that is putting the birds off of using it. Are these mature chickens or chicks?
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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