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post #11 of 13

Got similar "problem"....My "coop" is an enclosed table (3 x 8) in my patio, I let my girls out in the mornings to their run where I feed them & they stay until afternoons.  I then let them "free range" which they do but not wondering off too far.  However they spend more time in the patio laying around & bathing on the concrete!  I have a dust bath for them which they've used on occasion, no idea why they spend so much time in the patio?  They're 9wks & on FF, freeze dried mealworms for treats & got a mealworm farm started too.  Mealworms thrown in the yard, gets them out there but they return to the patio.....Think they're spoiled :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #12 of 13

Those are cute chicks!  I think you'll see an uptick in foraging over the next ten weeks as your chicks mature a little.

 

If your yard is mostly open space, lack of overhead cover can deter foraging.

post #13 of 13

That's probably the problem, yard is "open".....Living in the city has it's drawn backs :(  I'm good with them keeping the patio and surrounding area bug free :)  My birds are more pets than producing layers....Thanks for feed back, makes sense now.

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