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Getting chickens to go outside

post #1 of 6
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I purchased some laying hens from a confinement facility. I cannot get them to lay eggs in the nest or go outside to forage during the day. Any advice?
post #2 of 6

How long have you had them? They probably just need time to adjust. If they are retired laying hens I'm sure they need a break, and are scared of this big new world that is suddenly available to them. Give them time and patience.

post #3 of 6

They've been life that their entire life getting them to change will be hard, I would take each one out 1 by 1 and put them in the grass and grab a handful put in front of their beak and see if they will peck it to try it.

post #4 of 6
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We have had them a week. I take the outside and before I can go back to get another one that one has already ran back inside. I hate to lock them out bc the one egg they did lay was not in the nest and it was during the day. I don't want them to start laying eggs outside.
post #5 of 6

I don't know maybe try making a run it may make them feel safer?

post #6 of 6

I would buy some mealworms and bring one outside and give it the worms. Do this for a few days for each one and then try throwing some on the ground and see if they come out. They probably just need some time. Good luck!

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