Why do my chickens insist on.....

bubbazmommy

Songster
11 Years
Oct 8, 2008
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sleeping in their run and not in the coop? It is getting cold at night.


There is plenty of room to perch. We have 3 2x4's.
 

debilorrah

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I am sure when they get cold they will go inside. I must have the most orderly chickens on this planet. They line up for dust baths, roost where they should, lay where they should, and all get along.
 

Toast n Jelly

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Jan 29, 2007
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Have you checked if there's anything in there that could scare them? If nothing then maybe keeping them in their coop for awhile might get them used to coming in at dusk.
 

bubbazmommy

Songster
11 Years
Oct 8, 2008
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4 of them go in the coop and the rest are huddling outside for the night. Should I really keep them in the cop for a while or will they go in when it gets cold?
 

warriorchick

In the Brooder
11 Years
Feb 16, 2008
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It is my understanding that chickens like higher roosts- are they huddling on the ground or do they perch on something in the run that is higher than they have in the coop?

When my chicks first transitioned to sleeping outside, they all wanted to roost on the remnants of an old playground that is in the run. Every night for a week or two I placed whoever was outside back in the coop and then shut them in for the night. Pretty soon, they got the idea and now they put themselves to bed every night!
 

bubbazmommy

Songster
11 Years
Oct 8, 2008
401
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Albany, ME
I took the perch out of the roost that was there about a week ago. They are huddling on the ground. I have tried to put them back in the coop at night but as soon as I turn to get one another jumps out as my children laugh at me. I will have to try it when my hubby is home this weekend.
 

warriorchick

In the Brooder
11 Years
Feb 16, 2008
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Austin, TX
How strange! Mine always looked around like they were surveying their new home and then made their way to the roosts! It does sound like you'll need an extra pair of hands.
 

cmom

Hilltop Farm
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Nov 18, 2007
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You can take them in and put them on the roosts for a few evenings, or give them the lock down and lock them in the coop for a few days. When my birds were little, I would give a little of their favorite treats in the coop in the eves. They got the idea and every evening they go in and on their roosts. Also I keep their feed and water in their coop.
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
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Lock them up in the coop for awhile. No matter how secure a run is, I've yet to see one that is as safe as a coop is at night.
 

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