Should I keep them locked up?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PAchickenlover, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. PAchickenlover

    PAchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so last week one of my SS hens did not come back to the coop one night. She returned the next day.. Sat. night either the same one or one of the other two SS did it again.. Just caught her a little while ago. Now we have two chicken coops one has a fenced in area (which ALL of my hens are in right now) and the other is just a shed that has been transformed into a coop and has no fenced in area yet. Now I am wondering should I leave all of my hens in the fenced in area for a few days till they get the message that they have to return there or should I just let them decide. Now the majority of my hens were chicks this spring, so they are just getting to the laying age... Do they need to be "trained" about being in the coop to lay? I have never had a hen do this before and any opinions will be appreciated.. Thank you in advance!

    Oh yea two nights ago we trapped a huge Raccoon so that is why I am worried about them staying out also.
     
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  2. chkn

    chkn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes they get broody and lay eggs in secret somewhere. Do you have a rooster?
     
  3. PAchickenlover

    PAchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have about 10 roosters right now. But none of them were missing from the coop. They all came back in for the night.
     
  4. sherylreno

    sherylreno Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Danger zones should always be secured and so should the hens and you are in a danzer zone having coons at night. They are evil and chicken is their favorite food. Pen them in at night and if you see coons during the day then they have rabies since coons are nocturnal.
     
  5. PAchickenlover

    PAchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We always close the doors to the coops at night and try to make sure that everyone is secure. I have never seen a coon during the day here and if I did it would meet up with either a shotgun or .22 then I would call animal control.

    Will keeping the hens locked up for a couple of days help to teach them that is where they belong? Or should I keep them in there longer than a few days?
     
  6. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Raccoons hunt during the day as well as at night. Especially this time of year when they often have babies to feed. So do foxes. It does NOT mean they are automatically rabid.
     
  7. PAchickenlover

    PAchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    true, true, but who wants to take the chance that it is rabbid?
     
  8. PAchickenlover

    PAchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any other suggestions?
     
  9. redhen689

    redhen689 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A couple of summers ago I had a few hens that started roosting in the trees. First one did it and then the others started. They still went in to the nesting boxes to lay their eggs. I'm not sure how high coons or foxes can climb ???
     
  10. PAchickenlover

    PAchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know that one of my SS's started laying a week or so ago. I have not gotten an egg from any of them since that one time...Other than my two loyal layers that always return to the coop to lay.
     

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