Please tell me it isn't always this hard!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JaJoJu, May 24, 2011.

  1. JaJoJu

    JaJoJu In the Brooder

    Apr 27, 2011
    We put our chicks outside during the day, in their coop, and bring them in at night.

    Today, while getting them out of the coop to bring inside, one got away. My husband and I had to chase her through both our yard and our next-door neighbor's yard. We finally caught her with a butterfly net. [​IMG]

    When, and how, are we going to be able to let them roam around the yard if they won't come back????? Will it get better on its own or is there something I should be doing? I haven't let them roam free-range yet but I worry if I do, they will run away.
  2. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

    Jan 23, 2009
    South GA
    how long were they oriented to the coop before you started letting them out?
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Why not just leave them in the coop at night? Temps most places are warm enough now.
  4. JaJoJu

    JaJoJu In the Brooder

    Apr 27, 2011
    Quote:We received our coop last Friday and I started putting them in it during the day last Saturday. They go in it around 12pm and come in around 6pm. They haven't been let out of the coop yet but when we were bringing them back in, one got away and ran from us.
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Well it's really apples and oranges at this point. It'll be far different once they're use to their yard - their territory. Right now the yard is nothing but a scary place to be chased through...
    And of course you need to train them to come/follow you. Get yourself a treat jar and start using it. I keep scratch in one of mine, BOSS in the other. Teach them that the shaking of that jar means yummy treats. Or you can teach them "Chicky-chicky!" means treats. Mine come running for either. That's the simplest way to get them to follow you or to come when called...
  6. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

    Nov 6, 2009
    I use a can for treats and I have a bird that lays over the fence. Keeps the neighbors in eggs.

    I shake the can and she had laid an egg running to come home.

    Shows where her priorities are.
  7. NYRIR

    NYRIR Songster

    May 13, 2010
    Quote:ROFL [​IMG]

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