new coop

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
  2. farmerChef

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern Georgia
    My Coop
    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

    Apr 16, 2009
    Flippin, AR
    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.

  5. little horse

    little horse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2008
    centerville texas
    i will have to come over and check the new home out!

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