Won't go in

Suess hens

11 Years
May 4, 2008
Altadena, CA
I haven't been on in a while, but thought this would be the best place to answer my question.
I got 3 new babies this year (hatched with my 12th grade Humanities class). all three of them won't go inside the coop. One doesn't even live with us, he was adopted by my BIL who needed a new chicken to make up for an older girl who wasn't laying.
I have gone out there at night and put them in, but they just get back out and go back to the top of the coop, on the roof.
Does anyone have any other ideas? Or should I just let them be?
They are in a safe place, gated run around the coop.


Crossing the Road
12 Years
Feb 2, 2009
Southeast Louisiana
If you lock them in the coop for about a week, they will associate the coop with home and will probably go in by themselves as dark approaches.

A gated run will not stop certain predators. At night, I'd be most concerned with owls, raccoons, possums, and bobcats. Foxes can climb surprisingly well. They will be safer locked in a coop at night instead of on top of the coop in a gated run.

Good luck!

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