My older chickens won't return to the coop at night

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JennyJordan, May 15, 2016.

  1. JennyJordan

    JennyJordan New Egg

    May 15, 2016
    Alna, ME
    For the past week my older hens won't go back to the coop. When I have brought them in there and closed the coop door, but they just slept in the ground and wouldn't sleep in the hen house. They are still laying their eggs there during the day and comint in to eat and drink... but they are sleeping in my flower boxes. I feel bad and don't want anthing to get them. I opened the window in the hen house... I cleaned everything out. I just don't understand.
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Did anything change in the coop - that they don't like?. I doubt that it is too warm in there yet, considering your state. Maybe you can put them on the roosts and close the coop door. Whether they stay on the roost or not, it's much safer from predators that being outside. You may want to move your flower boxes where they don't see them- so they stay around the coop instead.
  3. robdog

    robdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know the struggle of this first hand having silkies, seramas, and standard breeds in the same yards but in separate cages. Try locking them in the cage for 3-4 days with supplying food and water in there, should get them to know their home. After that they should unless they are stubborn chickens go back in the coop at night. Or just find a way to make the flower bd uncomfortable for them.
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined the flock! Have you treated the coop and perches for mites and lice? That might be the reason they don't want to go in there at night. The best way to retrain them would be to gather them round and put them in the coop every evening. They should get bored after a few nights and go there themselves, from my own experience. Outside the coop at night is really not a good place for a chicken, again from my own experience. Good luck!
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. adamcas

    adamcas New Egg

    May 16, 2016
    I put a light on in the coop and when it gets dark they follow the light. I have it on a timer and it shuts off automatically
  7. 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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