The most excellent mother hen raised 10 babies and gave them her all. She taught them where to find food, what to eat when foraging, where to get water, how to avoid danger and so on and for three months, she cuddled them to keep them warm and safe. Two days ago, I noticed that she was not with her brood. They were in an entirely different area of the farm. She also roosted in the tree with the other broody and her four and the rooster, leaving her young ones in the straw pile, where she reared them. The young ones seemed a little bewildered at first, but they did not call for their mother like lost babes do. Instead, they went about their daily business, not sticking entirely together, but within a certain distance that they were aware of the others, yet not with them in a group any longer. Now, how do I entice the babies to roost in the coop, rather than hunker down in the straw pile and how do I get Mamma, Roo and the other broody and her four into the coop? They will not survive our cold winters if left outside. Suggestions welcomed.
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