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Training chickens to go in at night...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mandi224, May 4, 2015.

  1. mjett5578

    mjett5578 New Egg

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    if u wait till its dark, they learn to just stay out. My two hens never want to go into the coop at night. I was stressing about this but then i thought of the plus side; We have no predators because of our game fence, and no worry letting them out in the morning, but they still go into the coop to lay eggs and eat and drink. I still wish they'd go into the coop, I'm working on it. Its a good idea to put them up at about 6:30 with a can of scratch but i didn't raise my hens from chicks so they're less cooperative. all these solutions above are great ideas.
     
  2. GodsChicks

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    Do you ever give them live meal worms? I'm considering growing my own meal worms
     
  3. mjett5578

    mjett5578 New Egg

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    Thats a really good idea! ill talk to my dad about that. But my little rooster always follows me around (he's my BAE) so that makes it easier cause his hens follow him. lol
     
  4. Zores Mother

    Zores Mother Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 8 chickens that were not going into coop at night. I shut them up in there for 3 days and now they go in every night. Do get some meal worms and when you go to the chickens, shake the bag. They get use to getting the treats with the shaking of the bag and come running. Try and see how it works. This is my first time with chickens also. Learning something new everyday. Good Luck,
     
  5. mjett5578

    mjett5578 New Egg

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    i will do this, I've heard it works many times. my hens will be mad though cause the chicks go out and not them! lol
     
  6. cheermom1024

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    Do you close the door while they are out?
     
  7. cheermom1024

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    Do you close the door while they are out?
     
  8. 8machines

    8machines Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they know what mealworms are shake the bag and watch them run. Throw a handful inside their house and see if it works!
     
  9. nolson

    nolson Out Of The Brooder

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    Try live meal worms! They will go crazy. You can buy them at the pet store, but is much cheaper online. I am growing my own meal worms because they can get expensive and live is always better!
     
  10. Huntergirl2

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    I shoo my Golden Sexlinks up the ramp every evening using the same sounds. Shoo, shoo and just keep making that sound and they will learn it as time to go in to roost or go in period if they are out in the run. I have all of my flock trained this way and I trained with a 1/2" PVC pipe about 5' long. I use simply as a visual as I shoo them and to cut them off if they try to bypass the coop or won't go in the door. It works just be persistent. Good luck![​IMG][​IMG]
     

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