New Chicken Farmer in Alabama

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Sheribama, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. Sheribama

    Sheribama New Egg

    Jun 28, 2016
    Hi All,
    I am new to chickens but have fallen in love with my little flock! I got 4 chicks that were only a day old in April. They are doing great and have really adjusted well to the coop and the run. Recently I added 6 more young hens that were 2 weeks older than the originals. So far the integration has gone pretty smooth. The only problem I am having is the new chickens won't go in the coop at night to sleep, they are sleeping on a roosting pole in the run. Will it just take time for them to warm up to sleeping in the coop or is there something I can do to get them to go to bed? Thanks for the advise!
  2. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    Mar 20, 2012
    [​IMG] and congrats on your new chickens! To get them to go inside, you can just throw a little scratch (if you have any. Corn, oats, or any other treats will work) into the coop when you want them to go inside. If you do this consistently for a week or two, it should develop into a habit, and they'll just go into the coop when it gets dark out without you having to give them a reward. Good luck, and thanks for joining us here on BYC!
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. You could add a light source in the coop to encourage them to go to the coop at dusk (then close the coop door and turn the light off).

    Good luck

  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Maybe if you take down the outdoor roost temporarily, they will decide they need to come into the coop to do so.
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! You got given some good advice here already, so I'll just say good luck!
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

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