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We are getting ready to move our 5 week old chicks into their coop this week! I have read on here that you need to keep them "cooped up" in their coop for a couple of weeks to establish that this is their new home. Question... is it ok to take them out at all during those 2 weeks? Or do they need to stay in there 24/7. we have not been able to paint the coop yet, should we wait to paint it after the two weeks or is it ok to let them free range a little each day? Thanks!

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It won't harm them to be out, they would very much enjoy it. The problem will come when you want them to return to the coop. They will not know where to go for the night and you will need to either catch them and carry them to the coop (I can never manage this), or herd them into the coop (I find this easier but am really glad no one has ever shot a video of me doing this)
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Originally Posted by OrganicFarmWife View Post

It won't harm them to be out, they would very much enjoy it. The problem will come when you want them to return to the coop. They will not know where to go for the night and you will need to either catch them and carry them to the coop (I can never manage this), or herd them into the coop (I find this easier but am really glad no one has ever shot a video of me doing this)

Lol I agree with this statement, especially the video part.

I just put mine in the coop a week and a half ago. I kept them locked up for two nights then started letting them out on evenings and weekends. Most of the chickens would go in, but the ducks wouldn't. Tonight was the first night that everyone went in together without any herding.

I think just chickens would have figured it out very fast.
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I've never dealt with ducks, but after a full day/night in the coop every group of chicks we've graduated into the hen house have came back in for the night with no problems after free ranging with the flock all day. Smart farts!
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