stubborn bird

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nutmeg, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. nutmeg

    nutmeg In the Brooder

    Aug 8, 2007
    I have a very stubborn hen. She is new to the flock and the night I brought her and the other new one home I put them on the enclosed porch for the night. I had planned on keeping them away from the rooster for awhile but that didn't happen. when I let him out in his fenced yard the next morning I told him he had two new friends to meet in a few days. Well he was having none of the waiting stuff. I went in the house and out the back to let the hens out and he was waiting for me ( flew the coop so to speak!!) Fortunately the meeting was a good one and they have been inseparable ever since. EXCEPT at bed time. Hessy goes right into the coop every night but Chickie sits outside and fusses because Spookie goes back into the porch to roost. I pick her up and put her in the coop and she settles right in. I do this every night. She shows no sign of changing her habit. Her name is very appropriate too....everything spooks her.
    Any suggestions?
  2. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Use food as a lure.
    Dont feed them after noon. Just water.
    Then just before nightfall, feed them a mash moistened with a little water or skim milk - in the coop.
    Just put out what they will eat in 15 minutes.
    If you need to, take Spookie in there the first few times.
    It shouldnt be long before she comes a running. Then just shut the coop door once they are all in.
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 23, 2007

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