HOW DO WE GET CHICKS IN THE COOP?
by Sally Todt
(New Concord, OH)
Our chickens are about 9 weeks old. We just moved them from a little corral in the garage to their new outdoor coop. It has chicken wire all around the top and sides of the lower level which sits directly on the ground so they can peck at the grass. There is a little ladder that leads to a fully enclosed upper level that has straw and cedar shavings. It is also a nesting area. It is nice and warm up there.
We have seen chickens climb the ladder only to come back down without going inside the upper level. Even on cold nights they huddle together in a corner of the lower level when they could be upstairs where it is toasty.
How can we get our chickens to use the upper level when they roost at night? Especially on cold nights?