Our second try with pet chickens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ocpoolguy, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. ocpoolguy

    ocpoolguy Out Of The Brooder

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    This is our second go around with raising chickens as pets and accepting their eggs as gifts. The first time every thing went well with the exception of we spoiled all six of them. We let them have full run of the back yard. They ate the garden, all the grass pooped all over the patio. After we had enough we tried keeping them in an area where they could go into the coop and an area enclosed with hardware cloth about 10x15x 8 tall with roosts plus there coop 4x8 with nesting boxes. When kept in the coop run the chickens didn't like it one bit and let us know by making all kinds of noise. When we opened the door to feed,water and or clean somebody always seemed to get out then the chase was on or we would just open the door and close it up after dark when they went in the coop.
    They became more of a nuisance than pleasure, we found them a new home with a friend that was happy to take them. I built a new coop in his back yard they adjusted to the change well, stopped laying for 1or 2 days then business as usual.

    Fast forward a few years, we have a coop and a run we decide to get new day old chicks same as before but only 4 not 6 and never let them out of there area they will be happy not knowing any different that where they live.

    So 4 chicks in the garage big box light food water about 8 weeks feathers now put them in the coop, light of timer for some heat at night, the light comes on after dark. The chicks will not go into the coop at night. After dark I find them bundled together in the run. I pick them up put them in the coop and same thing next. Also some times during the day they will go into the coop for food-water.


    So my question How do we get them to go in the coop at night?
     
  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    they are young, they will learn. can you fasten them in there for a while? you can keep them in there day and night for a week or so and try again or you can continue to move them every night until they learn. just make sure your putting them up before they go to sleep or they wont even know how they got there or that they're supposed to be there
     
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  3. LRH97

    LRH97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Once, when I introduced a batch of chicks to my new birds, they would range during the day, go in for food/water, but come nightfall, they would be huddled in a little pile somewhere outside. After about two week of putting them back in the coop, they finally got the clue that they were supposed to sleep inside. Since it's just the four, you could keep them locked in the coop for about five days to a week so they get the idea that the coop is "home". That's what I did when I started ranging with my oldest hens, and at dusk they were all roosting inside.
     
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  4. ocpoolguy

    ocpoolguy Out Of The Brooder

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    In regards to our first chickens, can you spoil chickens. Am I on the rite track with if I keep them in there zone they will know nothing better is outside of there area?
     
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  5. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    yes, i would think so
     
  6. RockNSuccess

    RockNSuccess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you can absolutely spoil chickens. Although, I have no experience with this myself, there are many people who keep "house" chickens." They put diapers on them (yes, you can get chicken diapers) and they hang out with the family. :D
     
  7. ocpoolguy

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    Four days and nights closed the door from the coop to the run with them locked in the coop. They are bundled in the run, didn't,t put them in the coop. The low tonight is 48f from what I have heard I think they should be ok. Any other ideas? I think I will lock them in the coop again for more time.
     
  8. showinbirds

    showinbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some breeds are more cold hardy than others,but I dont know of any chickens that 48 deg would harm.[​IMG]
     
  9. ocpoolguy

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    The 48f didn't seem to bother them at all. This morning tried only food and water in the coop with a trail of feed scattered on the ramp into the coop.
     
  10. donrae

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    Take the light out of the coop. They don't need supplemental heat, and the light after dark is likely confusing them.
     

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