Won't go in coop

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

  1. autumnprairie

    autumnprairie Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 8, 2011
    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

    Aug 25, 2010
    Land of the Rain
    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 Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    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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