Chickens don't want to use their run


10 Years
Feb 13, 2009
My 10 week old chickens have been raised inside and we have just finished building their run off the coop. While we have been working on it in weekends the chickens have been let out and they have been happy to hang around outside. Now it's finally finished, I have been out to see them and they are all still sitting in the coop. It seems when I'm out there they are happy to come out but I can't be with them all day!!
I could close the door so they are stuck out there all day but not sure whether that is a very fair thing to do. I've put their feed and water outside so they have to go out but has anyone else got any suggestions?
I understand they have been raised inside, but they couldn't wait to get outside whenever I went up and opened the door previously.


11 Years
Dec 29, 2008
Meridian Idaho
Mine are doing the same thing! Mine are also 10 weeks old. I think that they are just too "chicken" I locked all of mine out yesterday while we did some things to the door and they all seemed to like it but now today they won't go out. Silly chickens!! i guess they do what they want to do.


10 Years
Mar 5, 2009
Humboldt County
Can you aquire flats of wheat grass? Chickens eat A LOT of grass (no herbacides/pesticides, of course). Most of my chickens are free range, but the little sebrights are in an enclosure and have a wheatgrass flat they love to pick at. Greens are really important for nutrition and digestion (otherwise, why would the free-rangers eat so much?)


11 Years
Dec 3, 2008
Sealy, TX (West Houston area)

Mine are almost 8 wks old and spend a lot of time inside their coop, too. They were raised in my living room, but we put them outside last week. When I walk outside to check on them, they all come running out to visit me, but once I go back inside, they go inside too. Silly chickens! I'd say just leave the door open and they'll go outside when they want to...

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