Won't go into coup at night

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  1. mercede81

    mercede81 Out Of The Brooder

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    Only one of my chickens won't go into her coop at night, all the rest are roosting safely inside and she is still out wondering around, flying into the house, or perching on the swimming pool ladder. We have to hunt her down each night and put her in the coop with the rest of the chickens. She has been going into the coop every night for 6 months or more with no problem, now she isn't. What do you think the problem could be?
     
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  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, mercede81, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! Don't know what your weather is like but I sometimes have a bird that doesn't want to go into the coop on super hot and humid evenings. Another thing it might be with your bird is pecking order - if she is getting picked on in the coop she might be reluctant to enter. Good luck to you!
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    I agree with Redsox - and you might try luring the birds into the coop before dusk with some treats, and then closing them in for the night, to help her relearn where she roosts.
     
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  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Apart from possible bullying or weather another possibility is that you might have red mites in the coop. They don't live on the birds, but hide in cracks and crevices in the coop instead, coming out at night to feed when the birds are sleeping. If the chickens figure out that there pests in the coop they may be reluctant to go in there to sleep, preferring instead to sleep in a spot outside where they will be left in peace. More info and them and treatments here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/mites-chicken-pests-how-to-protect-your-chickens-from-mites
     
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  6. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  7. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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