Coop Training New Flock Members- Coming Home to Roost


| 7/11/2012 12:46:11 PM



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At one time or another, most chicken-keepers have experienced the inconvenience of having to chase, coax, cajole or otherwise
escort a new flock member into the coop at dusk, which is no fun for us, or them. Chickens do not manage stress well and moving from one housing arrangement to another is extremely stressful for chickens, whether from a brooder to a coop or from one backyard to another. How they manage that stress will vary from chicken to chicken, but it often results in confusion about where ‘home’ is and where they should sleep at night.
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There is a way to teach chickens to roost inside the coop- I refer to it as Coop Training. Coop Training can be done chickens of any age but the younger, the better. It is far easier to teach good habits from the beginning than it is to try to break bad habits later. For this reason, I always Coop Train young and new flock members.

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THE COOP TRAINING METHOD **An important safety note: Coop Training should never be done when the temperatures inside the coop exceed 70° F.** 



Confine chickens to the coop with no access to the run for at least a week. This reinforces the concept of ‘home’ and they have no choice but to roost inside the coop.

Kathy Mormino
7/13/2012 1:02:11 AM

Thank you so much for the vote of confidence and good luck in the giveaway!


Kathy Mormino
7/13/2012 1:01:49 AM

My pleasure, Wendy. Thank you!


Kathy Mormino
7/13/2012 1:01:36 AM

Aw, thanks Robin (blush). It is a rewarding feeling to see them happily nestled on their roosts.