Totally new at this so I am looking for advice. Got my coop together and picked up 6 (18) week old RIR pullets yesterday. They are beautiful! Put them in their coop when I arrived home and all is well. When I open the side door they run to the other side- I expected this. I put some food in and patiently watched. One finally came over and ate, then another, then the rest. Making progress. Same thing this morning and they did it much faster. Gaining some trust. This afternoon I let them out and they walked around the yard- picked at stuff in the grass. They came close to me, but not to close. They seemed to gain some trust and not watch my every move and went about their business as I did some yard work. Fed them some more. Tried some berries and some corn. They were not interested in either- just wanted the feed. After a good 3 hours of them having the run of the yard it was time to get them back into the coop. I tried to lure them in. No go. Tried to herd them in- no go. After about an hour of trying to do this without upsetting them (My girlfriend was highly entertained) I gave up. I just chased them down, grabbed them and put them back in the coop. I probably undid any trust I gained from them. Tomorrow is another day. What should I do differently? Thanks for any and all input.
Jim in PA