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When will they start putting themselves to bed?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by m_shuman, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. m_shuman

    m_shuman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We finished the coop this weekend and at dusk every night I go out aand put the chickens to bed. How long does it take for them to catch on? I am hoping to have them trained by July 1st because we are going on vacation for a week and the neighbor will have to do it and it would be much easier on him if he doesn't have to chase chickens.
     
  2. cluck love

    cluck love Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens go in automatically at dusk, I think it is instinctive for them to do that. Although if I really need to get them in before that, I coax them in with food, that always works!
     
  3. georgiaboy55

    georgiaboy55 New Egg

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    I had the same problem for a while after I got my coop done, so what I did was to put their water and food in the coop for a couple of days until they got the idea that the coop was a good place to be and not some place they were thrown into. It worked like a champ for me and after a few days, I moved them back outside and they used the coop at night ever since.
     
  4. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    It might take a few days. Once they realize where their bed is they'll go up!!
     
  5. Unclebean

    Unclebean Rest in Peace 1977-2013

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    It might be a good idea to keep them locked up for a week or so. It seems when they are locked up they learn where "home" is and they will most likely return each evening on their own. This has worked for us so I wish you luck!
     
  6. cc0905

    cc0905 Out Of The Brooder

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    I moved mine outside a week ago Sunday, they finally started going to bed themselves this weekend, right at dusk, not a minute sooner, like little kids waiting until the very last minute to go in [​IMG]
     
  7. m_shuman

    m_shuman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I don't really want to keep them locked up during the day because the temps have been getting in to the high 90's down here in SE GA. We are building screen doors mad out of hardwire cloth for the back of our coop but they are not installed yet that may be an option in a week or two when DH complete's them.
     
  8. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    Quote:I don't really want to keep them locked up during the day because the temps have been getting in to the high 90's down here in SE GA. We are building screen doors mad out of hardwire cloth for the back of our coop but they are not installed yet that may be an option in a week or two when DH complete's them.

    I just moved 12 6 week olds into one of the grow out coops Monday. They were all piled outside crying up a storm at dusk. Caught all of the little chicklets put them in their coop (which is a little tykes play house) and the next night they were all inside at dusk. I've also had different ones that I've had to go out there for 3 or 4 days to do that with. After a few days they get the hang of it. None of my coops are enclosed because of our heat!!
     
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2011
  9. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As mentioned lock them up in the coop for a week.
     
  10. m_shuman

    m_shuman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last night I didn't put them to bed just so I could see what they did and they went in at dusk all by themselves. One was a little confused but then the rooster in the bunch came out and showed her what to do. I guess my neighbor dosen't have to be a chicken wrangler after all!
     

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