Originally Posted by venymae
Originally Posted by BlackBriars
Are you are saying they refuse to free range? If so, I would eliminate food from the coop/run in the mornings. It should force them outdoors to make a living. I say mornings because they will be naturally motivated to fill their craw in the mornings.
Try it and see if they begin foraging, sun bathing, chasing each other, etc.
Mine don't free range. They just won't go into the run! There is no food or water in the coop. They cone out in the morning eat, drink, return to coop. And repeat a couple more times during day. Hahaha they are frustrating: )😁
For starters, how old are they?
Predators can cause them to not go outside. But so can many other things, like they are older chickens that have never had outside access.
To start, throw treats to entice them outside. Scratch, mealworms, BOSS, etc. You can move their water outside, but you need to make sure they are going out to drink, or they will die. Food outside is a free for all on critters like squirrels, chipmunks, wild birds, rain (mold is very bad), etc. Wild birds can bring diseases into your flock. I keep my feed inside for this reason. I have most water sources outside, except in my coop that raises babies, they also have water inside.