Why did my hens stop going in on their own?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dawnieworld, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. dawnieworld

    dawnieworld In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2010
    New Hampshire
    My hens have been like clockwork going in at dusk. The last two nights they just stay outside and curl up close together on the perch. They are in an enclosed cage but I don't feel safe leaving them in that over night. Does anyone have this problem? if so, how to you re-train them to go inside at night? The only difference is that my husband put up a new perch in the enclosure and they seem to really like it. Should I remove it?
  2. Tiramisu

    Tiramisu Got Mutts

    May 3, 2008
    Milan PA
    So they are perching in the run? I guess I would try removing the perch as you said, they really have no need for it in the day when they are let out.
  3. Jaguaress

    Jaguaress Chicken Addict Wanna-be

    May 27, 2010
    Piedmont, NC
    Maybe put the new perch in the coop, and see if that helps. If it doesn't, double-check that no predators have found a way to get into the coop. A scare would make them less inclined to go back inside. Good luck.
  4. Frannabelle

    Frannabelle Songster

    Jun 1, 2009
    My Rooster has everbody to bed by 7:30 in the evening, even though there's daylight til 9:30 now. So last week I noticed that 2 nights in a row they were lingering outside the pop door, checked it out and there was a tiny bunny in the house eating away at the chicken feed. Now I've just raised the feeder and the bunny can't reach it so he's moved on to other food!
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Is there a roost bar in the coop? They will always choose the highest spot for safety.
  6. dawnieworld

    dawnieworld In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Thanks everyone! I took the perch out and it worked like a charm. All in bed by 8:30 tonight! Whoooohooooo! [​IMG]
  7. svalentine

    svalentine In the Brooder

    Apr 28, 2010
    Efland NC
    We have a couple of perches in the run and a roosting bar inside the hen house. Sometimes during the day they just like to sit up there. They still go in at night no problem.
    The only 2 nights we had a problem was right after a racoon got in and ate 2 of them. We practically had to peel them off the top of the run.

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