Chicken Help

Help Me! OR: Search by Category


Q: How do I get my flock to go into their coop at night so I can shut the door and make sure they're safe?

A:

Once they have imprinted on their coop as "home," they will retire on their own at dusk. (Thus the saying: "Chickens always return home to roost.")

You can get your birds to regard the coop as home by keeping them inside it for a few days after you have transferred them from the chick brooder. They will get used to sleeping there and will feel safe returning there at night. Naturally, you will want to make sure you don't keep them shut inside a hot coop in the dead heat of summer when they may get overheated--don't make the transfer during extreme weather, and remember that a shut building can get very hot during the day. be mindful of the needs of your flock. That said, when they learn that the coop is "home" you won't have to make them go in at night at all. They will do it on their own, and you can just shut the door behind them--voila!

And that's good news, since chickens can be hard to herd!



Related Items:

Stainless Wire Egg BasketStainless Wire Egg Basket

Stainless Wire Egg Basket

In Stock
$12.95$9.95
Mealworm FrenzyMealworm Frenzy

Mealworm Frenzy

Out of Stock
$4.99$3.99
Chicken Treat BallChicken Treat Ball

Chicken Treat Ball

In Stock
$4.99$2.75
Poultry Grit, 5lb bagPoultry Grit, 5lb bag

Poultry Grit, 5lb bag

In Stock
$7.50
The Clubhouse Coop w/Run (4 chickens)The Clubhouse Coop w/Run (4 chickens)

"The Clubhouse" Coop w/Run (4 chickens)

In Stock
$569.00$399.00
Egg-Shaped Salt & Pepper ShakersEgg-Shaped Salt & Pepper Shakers

Egg-Shaped Salt & Pepper Shakers

In Stock
$8.95$3.95
Chicken Fun ToyChicken Fun Toy

Chicken Fun Toy

In Stock
$3.95$2.95
Chickie-Puffs Baby Chick SupplementChickie-Puffs Baby Chick Supplement

Chickie-Puffs Baby Chick Supplement

In Stock
$14.95$12.95
Hot Pick Anti-Picking Spray, 4 ozHot Pick Anti-Picking Spray, 4 oz

Hot Pick Anti-Picking Spray, 4 oz

Out of Stock
$13.95$9.75