training my chickens!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mccchickens, May 23, 2012.

  1. mccchickens

    mccchickens Hatching

    May 17, 2012
    I am new to chickens for the most part. My chickens are still young and growing. I leave them in their area which is all fenced in, my problem is that they are still not going in at night to their coop. I do have a duck, which I think is a bad influence on the chickens... My question is this normal at this age. Or do I have to do something different. I am getting tired of putting them in at night one by one.
  2. Singlemaple

    Singlemaple Songster

    Jan 27, 2010
    Merrimack NH
    This is a common question on BYC.. what you should do when you first get new birds or move birds to your coop is lock them in the coop for a week or two till they know where home is... after that they should be going in to the coop without a problem.
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    Welcome to BYC. Yes putting them in the coop for a week or so will teach them where home is. I never had ducks, but I know young chicks follow the leader. So if your duck is their leader, its going to influence them to try to be ducks. Good luck teaching them to roost.

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