The Girls Hate the Coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by LN2008, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. LN2008

    LN2008 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey guys, I just finished my coop and the girls seem to want nothing to do with it. They were originally in a chicken tractor and as they got too big I had to upgrade. Any ideas on how to coax them in and what might be wrong? The ramp is low and easy to traverse and they have comfy bedding in there, plus it's quite large for 3 chickens (4'x4'). I'm baffled.
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Aww, they're not hating the new coop, chickens are just naturally afraid of new things at first. You might need to lock them inside for a few days, if it's roomy enough. Or, if you have an attached run, put the food inside the coop, or throw some cracked corn inside there so they'll scratch around a bit.

    They will learn to love it, and consider it home, just like they did your chicken tractor.


    Sharon
     
  3. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long have they been in the new one?

    If only a day or two, they're probably just looking for "home" -which would be the old coop.

    They will need to be confined a few days to the new one before it becomes "home."

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  4. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
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    Exactly what they said! New is too new for them. Give them some treats inside to help them orientate themselves- and time.
     
  5. TheJuan-n-Only

    TheJuan-n-Only Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2010
    Tampa
    I added a little space of run on the other side of my coop for the girls...and I mean LITTLE is about 12 sq feet. They avoided that part of the run for about a week or so as if the sand was hot lava...once they got used to it now they all want to hang out there...5 birds on 12 sq feet all at once with 50 sq feet all alone on the other side! hahahaha [​IMG] I had to add a lot of perches so the can jump up etc.

    Once they get used to it I'm sure they will love it!
     
  6. fireguy56

    fireguy56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, Give them time. Like other posters said, they will get use to it in time. Lock them in for a day or so, they will figure it out. Good luck.
    Erik
     

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