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Training Chickens to new area?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Yessabub, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. Yessabub

    Yessabub New Egg

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    Im going to be taking in 3 chickens and 2 guinea fowl that were abandoned at a house. The are already trained to there area you can tell because they roam the area but when they want food or when its night time they know how to get home. Im in the process of building a coop and fenced in area for them at my house. My question is how do i get them to stay at my house once i bring them home soon? I heard because its a new area they will try to find there old home and i dont want them to take off.
     
  2. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would teach them a call, when they come reward them with Treats!
    Then if you feel they are straying to far, you can call them. the should come running.

    However if your have a run for them, I would keep them in it for a few days to get use to the new home.

    let me know how it goes. [​IMG]
     
  3. dainerra

    dainerra Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how far are you moving them? The closer their original home, the longer I would keep them penned. Usually a week minimum when I move in new birds, to let them learn their way around the coop and run and start putting themselves to bed. Then I would let them out for only a few minutes, right before bedtime. Then I increase the time from there.

    Guineas are a different story. I've been told to keep them penned for at least EIGHT weeks if they are adults. Guinea travel a lot more than chickens as well.
     

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