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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 5:03 pm 
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Dapper Duck
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Hi all
We have just completed a new beaut hen house as the other one was falling down.
The girls have explored it but still want to go into the old one at night even though we have moved their food and water into the new house.
I don't want to take the old house away in case they won't go to bed in the new one (and then they'll become fox food :nuts )
Any suggestions to make the transition easier?


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 5:31 pm 
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Take the old one away. Lure them into the new one in the evening with some grain and shut them in.
The combination of a reward and no choice will soon win them over.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:04 pm 
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Yep, I agree. Make the new house the only option and shut them in it for a couple of days and nights (assuming it's big enough....). Add some of their favourite treats into the equation. They'll get used to it :)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:15 pm 
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Thanks folks
We let them go to bed in the old house then captured them and relocated them to the new one last night.
Let them out this morning and demolished the old house.
They've been in and out for food and water but still wary as they now have steps/ramp to negotiate.
We have a sick hen that we have put in one of the nesting boxes as she can't get up or down the ramp (see separate post on 'Egg Bound hen?)
Hopefully they will put themselves to bed in the new house tonight otherwise we'll be out chicken catchin' at dark lol.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:16 pm 
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Chooks take about a week to learn something new, but you sort of have to force it, otherwise they'll just keep doing the old thing.

So yes, taking away access to the old house, and forcing them into the new one with some temporary fencing, for about a week, will do the trick.

Watch carefully at night - there's a good chance they'll try to sleep in the place where the old house WAS. They're like that ...


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:33 pm 
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Thanks infoaddict.
The wooden floor of the old house is still there but I've fingers crossed that they will go into the new house as the sick girl is in there already.
If not we will just have to catch them and put them to bed - forcibly! :mmaad


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:58 am 
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The girls have settled in straight away into their new home. No problems at all. :yess


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