Training chicks to go into coop at night

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RitzHomestead, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. RitzHomestead

    RitzHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are the ways you have trained your chicks to go into the coop at night? I have a rather long ramp to get into the coop and I would like them to learn to use it rather than me collect them up and put them up at night. Right now I leave the door open and they start to come out and then go back in. Any tips?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    They should go in on their own by dark. Be sure there is some natural light in the coop. Check it well for things like lice/mites, mice, etc. to be sure they aren't avoiding something. Some people lock their birds in the coop for a few days but I've never found this to be necessary.
     
  3. yardbird53

    yardbird53 Out Of The Brooder

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    My 5 week old chicks still wander around at least 30 minutes after the grown hens have already roosted. I'm putting them in their box now but will wait a little longer each day to see if they get the hang of it. One of the females can fly up to the perch on the front of the box so I probably don't need to be concerned. The ramp goes up to their box.
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  4. song of joy

    song of joy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always confine my chicks to the coop for a week or two before giving them access to the run. That way, they learn where they're supposed to go to bed at night. After giving them access to the run, I still had to provide a little bit of light in the coop in the evening to entice them to enter on their own.
     
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