Chick won't walk outside

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wendorfa, May 21, 2016.

  1. wendorfa

    wendorfa Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 10, 2013
    I've got two 8 week Ameraucana chicks who I've been letting out in the backyard when the weather is nice. One is fine and walks all over and even flies little short distances. The other sits like a bump on a log. She won't move. I've picked her up and moved her, stood behind her to see if I can prompt her to move, all to no avail. In the brooder she will run away from me sometimes and she can balance and roost so I don't think it's a leg issue. Any ideas?
    Last edited: May 21, 2016
  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2015
    Deer park, Washington
    She's just young and scared
  3. Adalida

    Adalida Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2015
    Is she out in the open when she's outside? She might feel braver if she's got something to kinda hide in. Mine liked playing under the porch and under shrubs. I had two who were more cautious about being out on the lawn where they were more exposed. I put a couple lawn chairs out there and they were happier to have something to hide under while they played.
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Hi there wendorfa I agree with Rod-T in that if she is fine and running around in the brooder, she is probably just scared in the big wide world.

    When you let them out, are they just in the garden or do they have an enclosed area with shelter and places they can feel safe?

    Is it possible to move the brooder outside for a few hours a day? My thinking being that she can take in the big wide world from familiar surroundings where she feels safe.

    Alternatively, it may be worth making them an enclosed area in the garden which they can use as a transition point.
  5. wendorfa

    wendorfa Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 10, 2013
    She's just on the grass...her sister (who is smaller) walks all over. I will try setting up a safe place for her. So weird though because when I was brooding my six last spring they loved being outside! She's the darker one in the pic [​IMG]

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