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Chickens don't want out of their coop....?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Amyh, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. Amyh

    Amyh Songster

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    We have four chickens in a small coop that we kept confined for a few weeks and have been letting them free range for close to a week. I normally just let them out to free range when I'm able to keep an eye on them because we have a chicken killer dog. Yesterday we were home all day, so I figured it would be nice for them to free range all day while we kept an eye on them. They were out from 6:00am until close to 9:00pm.

    Today I opened the door at 10am and they have not come out of the coop yet. It's 2:00, so this is very strange to me... why would they want to sit in the hot coop when they could be free ranging in the woods?

    Should I kick them out? Should I be worried?
     
  2. The Tinman

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    I would just let them be for now. They are like teenagers. Sometime they don`t want to go out on a nice day,other time they don`t want to come in. If they never want to go out you might want to try treats to coach them out.
     

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