How to get your Chickens to Return to the Coop at Night

Best ways to train chickens to come inside at night once you’ve started free ranging? I’ve been letting them out 30 minutes to an hour before dark everyday then take them back in to feed them. I’ve tried just walking away to let them do their thing since they don’t go far from the coop but they’ll either follow me to the front door and stand there or take off back into the coop. With how thick the grass is getting and how wet it’s been I’d really like for them to be out getting ticks and not inside the coop. Thanks y’all.

How to get your Chickens to Return to the Coop at Night
How to get your Chickens to Return to the Coop at Night

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Mégan O'Neill
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Mégan O'Neill

Do you have a light in the coop?

Judy Vaughn
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Judy Vaughn

When I’m ready for them to go in at for the evening I wait to feed them their feed till about 4:30-5:00

Susie Eichenlaub
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Susie Eichenlaub

My husband would go out with a broom and hold it out to his side, like a big bird(????) then round them up this way and walk along behind them. It took about a week. Now they go in at dusk, but if we need them to go on we just grab the broom and they start heading in.

Jamie Kowal
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Jamie Kowal

I have NEVER had to put mine to bed, at dusk they are already inside and ready for bed. Free range or not…

Cynthia Diane Watson
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Cynthia Diane Watson

I tried letting mine out all 40 of them. They could not figure out how to get back to the coop door. I had several that wandered off into the woods by their selfs. It was fun out there trying to catch 40 hens to put in the run.

Melissa Barnes
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Melissa Barnes

They usually go inside when it gets dark but if I need them to go in sooner. I shake a bag of dried meal worms and they stop what they are doing and come running lol

Kimberlie Bol
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Kimberlie Bol

I had to put mine in several nights in a row before they went by themselves.

Renae Wells Fox
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Renae Wells Fox

Pick a call, I use bok bok, and spoil the to treats. Mine come up to me every time I go outside.

Elizabeth Valtierra
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Elizabeth Valtierra

Mine have their own schedule and go up in the orange tree when it gets dark.

Kimberly Hill
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Kimberly Hill

They’ll learn. They are timid and shy at first. Outside the coop and run is a whole new world in the beginning. They need time to feel safe going out. You should have no issue at all with them going back in at dark, since they already feel so safe in their chicken house.

Sayward Owsley
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Sayward Owsley

Yep wait till after dark. Then go check and they will be back in the coop.