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Girls won't go outside of coop

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New to chickening.....Bought 11 egg layer pullets last week.  7 goldens/browns, 4 austrolorps.  It is winter in northern Ontario Canada.  Snow on ground, temp -1 to -14.  I did see the pullets outside where we bought them from.  They have only been with us 6 days, and they don't want to go outside the coop.  We have tried enticing them with treats of fresh fruit and veggies, sprinkled crumbles on ground outside and tried bringing them outside, they just head right back in.  I know there is an adjustment time to a new place.  We will be off for four days this weekend, and looking for tips or tricks to get them out of coop.  Or should I worry about it until it is a little nicer out? Thanks for the help.  Cassy

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New to chickening.....Bought 11 egg layer pullets last week.  7 goldens/browns, 4 austrolorps.  It is winter in northern Ontario Canada.  Snow on ground, temp -1 to -14.  I did see the pullets outside where we bought them from.  They have only been with us 6 days, and they don't want to go outside the coop.  We have tried enticing them with treats of fresh fruit and veggies, sprinkled crumbles on ground outside and tried bringing them outside, they just head right back in.  I know there is an adjustment time to a new place.  We will be off for four days this weekend, and looking for tips or tricks to get them out of coop.  Or should I worry about it until it is a little nicer out? Thanks for the help.  Cassy
How old are they? Some breeds are more timid then others and take longer to adjust.
The way i got my EEs out as i stopped feeding them in the coop, they had to come outside to eat and drink, that brought them out.
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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
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