Tuesday, December 15, 2015
So out of our 12 recent Red Sex-link hens (Ya we went back and got 2 more plus the original 10) only about 3 of them are really getting the hang of this new life of freedom.
The fact that these remaining 9 don't seem to want to leave the barn doesn't bother me as it took the other poultry barn birds a good while to begin foraging outside too. Where these hens are different is though they are not one bit scared of humans at all.
I would say all but about 2 or 3 of the original 18 hens will be in the coop well before sundown. Half of them will already be roosting and there is usually only 1 or 2 left outside I need to run in. The old hens will always run away from me and straight for the coop. These new hens? Well not so much. They just sort of run everywhere.
I am tired of trying to wrangle em up every evening.
So last night I left the door open until well after dark and then went down hoping they finally got the hint and went to bed. Nope. These 9 hens were in the doorway where the outside flood lights keeps the entrance illuminated and were still pecking away at stuff.
Then I remembered I had read on more than one blog that keeping a light on in the coop will get the chickens to go in at night. I shut the main door, turned off all the lights and then went into the coop with my flashlight. It kinda startled all the old hens and Rocky who were sound asleep but sure enough all those new hens followed me like a bunch of rats following the pied piper. Let me tell you that barn is DARK when you close all the doors now that I have the windows boarded up and those hens came right for the only light they could see.
So today I had an idea. I have several of these little battery motive tea light things and I thought I would rig up some way to hang one in the coop. I can then turn the light on when I am out doing the evening feeding and leave it on. Shut all the doors and then go back in an hour or so and see if the light draws these new hens into the coop. I can then turn the light off and close the door.
Think it will work?
I may need a brighter light though I don't know but I am going to give it a try tonight and see. I know the flashlight worked well last night.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!