My chickens (7) are about 3 months old...I got them as day-old chicks. At that time, they lived in a box in my house. Gradually we got bigger boxes and then moved the box outside on the patio. During this time we were building their coop. In an effort to get them used to going to the coop I moved their box across the yard, closer to their new home. That's been about a month now. Since I moved their box across the yard, they huddle up everynight on my patio where their box USED to be. So now, not only will they NOT go to their box, they won't go to their coop either! Each night, after dusk, I have to phyically carry them to their coop. (here I thought the problem would be using the ladder...silly me!)
I've tried looring them with tasty treats and rewards, but to no availe. Am I expecting too much at too young an age or is there a special secret I don't know? I'd appreciate ANY suggestions.
PS. I posted this on UrbanChickens.org too