Do you have a light on in the coop? Light inside while it's dark outside might attract the girls to come in (it works with chicks when they're still in our brooder, but have access to an outdoor run). Have the light come on at least 20 min. before the pop door closes.
Martin Bernal wrote:they ahve an aomatic door. I can set the time as to when the door opens and closes. I do not live on site but go out there once or twice a day.
I highly recommend you try contacting local organizations and put the word out that you'd like to buy a rooster that was raised by a chicken mom and preferably with a rooster around. My experience with incubator hatched and "mob raised" roosters is that they don't learn manners. They haven't had "adult role models", just like we talk about with humans. Animals need that too! Roosters are not that hard to find and around here are often free or less than $5 unless they're some sort of fancy breed, but I realize that may not be true where you are. Roosters with manners will exhibit mating behaviors rather than just jumping the girls. Roosters raised by real moms usually also have a better idea what predators are.
the cut off date for placing an order with a local hatchery is 10/28 this year. I will be placing an order with them. when I place an order I will make sure to order some roosters.
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