New hens disappeared up a tree and won't come down.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MrsPotter, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. MrsPotter

    MrsPotter Hatching

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    Help! I got three "new" hens yesterday; a 5-month old Plymouth Rock, a 12-month old Wyandotte and a 13-month old New Holland Blue. The coop was empty after our Brown Shavers "departed". All 3 took off up the small bushy tree in the Chook Run and I can't get them out. They've been up there all night and all day so far; they won't come down despite all my best efforts. I tried poking them with a blunt stick but they got quite distressed. I've put lots of yummy food out for them but they are glued to the tree. I need them to find the coop so they can roost properly and jump into their nests to lay. Any ideas?
     
  2. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Songster

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    They're not hungry. They won't stay in the tree and starve. Put the feed out and wait um out. When they do come down to eat shut the door.
     
  3. jomoncon

    jomoncon Songster

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    My girls would go anywhere for dried or fresh mealworms! Whenever I have trouble getting them into their run for the night, I just toss in a handful of mealworms. DH call it "chicken crack."
     
  4. chookhead

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    r u sure they are still alive ?? and if they arent responding to kind treatment just use a blunt stick to physically push them off the branches they are on and they ill fly to the gorund
     
  5. Wigggy

    Wigggy In the Brooder

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    You could always get a ladder and then get them down by hand :)
     
  6. henryholub

    henryholub Chirping

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    When i was a kid, my solution would have been a super soaker...
     

  7. Best advise so far. Just leave them alone and they will come down. Patience is your friend.........Pop
     
  8. Chickengirl47

    Chickengirl47 Songster

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    Try meal worms.
     
  9. Well, y'all, it's been three weeks. Think her birds are still up there?
     
  10. DeannaOR

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    I liked the super soaker idea...
     

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