17 week pullets won't leave the coop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by meekasmom, May 20, 2012.

  1. meekasmom

    meekasmom Songster

    Nov 30, 2010
    Elkhart, IN
    Yesterday I bought 4, 17 week old pullets from a farmer. I put them in the coop so they would not be stressed and they stayed in all day. I locked them up at night and today the doors are open and non of them have ventured outside. Where they were raised, they never went outside. I'm afraid to take them outside because I don't think they will know how to get back in the coop (it has a ramp). I don't want to have to chase them down and put them in at night. Question: should I just let them finally come out on their own?
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    You may have to take them out in the morning, or perhaps you could coax them down the ramp with some delectable morsels.
  3. prettychicks

    prettychicks Chirping

    May 19, 2012
    I encourage mine to go back in the coop with a light. They go toward the light at night USUALLY. I have had to help them a time or two. I also have a ramp and my chicks were younger. Now they go in and out on their own.
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Tipperary, Ireland
    I had the same problem with some battery hens I bought. It took them days to venture outside and I had to walk through the pasture like the Pied Piper with them following me around, so they can free range. Now they are all over the farm! Just be patient.

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