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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by welman, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. welman

    welman Songster

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    Newbie here...

    We built a chicken ark...lovely. let the chicks out into the bottom today via the ramp. They haven't gone back up it yet and it's starting to get late. OK only 7 PM, but i'm starting to panic. Is there some way to lure them up other than me laying on the ground trying to corral them???

    Thanks!
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    can you get a light in there somehow?

    That might do the trick.
     
  3. arlee453

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    First, WELCOME!!

    Personally, I'd let them be - heck, I probably couldn't get in there myself to get them up the ramp either. If they are secured in the tractor run then they should be OK and will learn eventually it's nicer to roost inside the roosting space than on the grass.

    Of course, you could do what I usually do in that situation - find a small child to go in there and shoo their fluffy bottoms up the ramp! That would speed up the learning process.
     
  4. welman

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    This forum is one of the most welcoming places I've ever been! ( and I work in an elementary school!) Thanks for replying, I feel better that someone is around to hear my panic!

    The light is on inside and I may shove my son under there and see what he can do!!

    Cheers!
     
  5. arlee453

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    Yeah....that's why I have so many kids - I've got one of whatever size I might need for a particular job.

    It's like having a set of screwdrivers - you never know which one is the best size for the job... [​IMG]
     
  6. welman

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    success...45 minutes and a pink ball scoop and I WIN! 6 chicks snug in their coop!
     
  7. maine egg man

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    had the same issue when i was trying to teach my little one to go up into the coop, used my 3 year old grandson to scopp them up and show them the way they learned by the third night
     

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