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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by piecemaker, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. piecemaker

    piecemaker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2008
    Centerville Texas
    ok I have 12 hens buff orps, 1 roo banty silkie cross, 2- 3 month old chicks. That said I made the girls a new coop in the barn I converted 2 stalls for

    them. They now have a room in the barn that is about 20x20, one wall is all wire the other 3 are plywood, with a 3x3 foot window I am useing the

    the deep litter method like in the old small coop. I moved them in and left them in the coop for 3 days then let them out. When it was time for them

    to go to bed they roosted on the other stall walls so I picked each one up and but her on the roost in their room,( I used their old roost.) Next night I

    have 3 or 4 hens in the coop and the rest on the other stall walls and the roo 1 hen and her 2 chicks all the way up in the rafters. So one more time I

    move hens into the coop. I put a light in the new coop thinking that might help. so tonight I go out after dark and they are walking around the

    breezeway so I gently heard them into the new room finally all in. Then I look to find Man Chicken, him the momma and babies are up in the rafters.

    How long before they figure out where their new room is? Is there something else I need to do? Oh I closed up the old coop so they can not get in

    it. Do I just leave them out at night and hope they don't get eaten or do I leave them in the new coop longer as in more days? I think leaving them in

    for a few more days but is there a better way?

    Thanks for the help
    piecemaker
     
  2. farmerChef

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might have to herd up and lock them in overnight for a week or two, until they accept their new coop has home.
     
  3. ARose4Heaven

    ARose4Heaven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, lock em in for a few days. Eventually, they will get the idea.
     
  4. piecemaker

    piecemaker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2008
    Centerville Texas
    Thanks for the help. Think I will ground them to their room for the next few days. Then see how they do when I let them out.

    piecemaker
     
  5. little horse

    little horse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i will have to come over and check the new home out!
     

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