Hi Our family is new at the whole chicken scene. We have 11 laying chickens, 7 goldens/browns and 4 Austrolorps. Range between 3.5 to 4.5 months old, one is one year old. I live in Northern Ontario in Canada. It is cold(-1 to -14 at night ) and there is snow on the ground in some spots. The places we got the chickens allowed them to go outside and I did see them outside. Now that we have them they don't want to go out. We have only had them 6 days, and the person we got them from said it is normal for them not to go out for a few days and then they should start to venture out. We have tried to entice them with fresh fruit and veggies, put some of the crumbles on the ground outside, and I have attempted to "make " them go out. Once outside they just run to go back inside.
Any tricks, hints or suggestions? This weekend we will be home for four days so hoping to work on this then. Thanks Cassy