won't leave the coop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by usmcpilot06, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. usmcpilot06

    usmcpilot06 Chirping

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    I moved the chicks to their coop a little over a week ago. They are about 7 weeks old. They absolutely refuse to leave the coop and head out to the yard and do what chickens do. I have tried food but no dice.
     
    chickens really likes this.
  2. Life is Good!

    Life is Good! Songster 7 Years

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    Is your coop elevated so they cannot see the ground beneath the door? Is the ramp steep? Have any of them figured out the pop-door is more than a window?

    To 'train' our first chickens (because the older hens teach the new chicks how to do this) - we took food treats and lined the treats along the ramp. Then we picked up one alpha chick and took it into the run (we were sitting there with the tasty treats) and made sure ALL the chicks could see it was getting treats. (I think it was left-over homemade cornbread). That helped to encourage them outdoors. Yes, we had to more or less 'chuck' the last one out the door...but it did work.

    Now, getting BACK into the coop is a different story...
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma Premium Member

    Called Chickens for a reason..;)
    Anyways the will venture out when ready...
     
  4. usmcpilot06

    usmcpilot06 Chirping

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    they came out this evening for about 30 minutes, coaxed with some food. bu they would not leave the barn...I think I may know what is going on also. When I walked into the barn a cat was in the barn....next time I go out there I will be ready...gonna have to shoot a cat I guess...
     
  5. usmcpilot06

    usmcpilot06 Chirping

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    Although I did notice they finally figured out, after a week or so, how to use the planks to get onto the roots...half of them were sitting on the roosts.
     
  6. usmcpilot06

    usmcpilot06 Chirping

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    My coop is in my barn, there are no ramps. just a 30 foot walk to the door to go outside. And yes they think the chicken door is a window to stand and look out of.
     
  7. Life is Good!

    Life is Good! Songster 7 Years

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    Thought so. Seen it too many times to count.
    Chicken - "what a lovely new window....right at my level so I can see everything!"
    Owner - "it's a DOOR you silly chicken"
     
  8. usmcpilot06

    usmcpilot06 Chirping

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    Pretty much
     
  9. usmcpilot06

    usmcpilot06 Chirping

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    no one ever said they are the smartest birds out there
     
  10. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road 5 Years

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    Welcome, and thank you for your service to our country. Yeah, the cat may be the big part of the issue, plus the 30' walk through a scary world to get out... then they will not be able to figure out the whole "back in" issue. If you have some time available, you may have to act the part of the broody hen and SHOW them what you expect. Even to the point of catching them and taking them outside for a bit, then escorting them back in. I recommend doing so towards the end of the day. I guide my birds with a 4' long switch or fiberglass pole.

    Is it possible for you to make a pop door in the side of the barn so they can exit directly from their coop?
     

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