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Baby chickens outside

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We decide to open the run to our baby chickens and the coop right next to it and it's night time not that cold but I see two baby chickens outside will they go back in there coop or guess find the warmest spot of the run?
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Do you have big chickens or just the little chicks? My little chicks were scared of the big chickens for awhile and wouldn't go into the coop. Once the big girls got settled in for the night, I would go get the little girls and put them inside so they'd stay warm.
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You need to teach chicks to go inside at night if they don't get it immediately. Don't just leave them out in the run to fend for themselves, but don't chase them down and stuff them inside. It defeats the learning process as it causes unnecessary stress.

 

A little night light in the coop for the first week is a big help. Some chicks don't recognize the coop as being the safe place they started out because it looks so different from out in the run. Some chicks are also a lot more reserved and hesitant to go into any new place that's unfamiliar to them.

 

You may need to get inside and coax them in using their favorite treat. Wait until it's getting dark, but there's still enough light for them to see. This doesn't take long. They're usually going in on their own within just a couple nights of being coaxed in.

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Originally Posted by Adalida View Post

Do you have big chickens or just the little chicks? My little chicks were scared of the big chickens for awhile and wouldn't go into the coop. Once the big girls got settled in for the night, I would go get the little girls and put them inside so they'd stay warm.
No we only have little chickens and I just found out that they do go inside there coop
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