Won't go in coop

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by autumnprairie, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. autumnprairie

    autumnprairie Out Of The Brooder

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    my chickens are still wanting to sleep outside they dont like there coop how can I make it more appealing to them they will even roost out there in the rain unless I physically put them in there after they go to bed.
     
  2. LiLRedCV

    LiLRedCV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Lock them in the coop for a solid week or two and then let them out in the run. They'll get the gist of it then.
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I wonder if there is something about your coop they don't like. If you bought a readymade coop, for example, it is fairly likely it doesn't have enough ventilation, which will result in a buildup of ammonia and humidity in the coop. The coop could be too small or the roost too narrow. There could be mites/lice, a snake, etc. in there. Any of a number of things. They may like the outdoor roost better than the one in the coop. If you'll tell us more about it, perhaps we can pick up a problem. Chickens like to go into a "hiding place" and roost at night. I've never had chickens not want to go in their coop at night.
     

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