Chickens first few days in their new coop/run -

Karen 2739

In the Brooder
9 Years
Aug 7, 2010
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San Diego
I just moved my three girls into their coop on Sunday. They don't seem very adventurous and won't go out into the run. Is this typical? I put treats from the door to the outside, but they just want to stand at the doorway. What should I expect?
 

Fritatta

Chirping
8 Years
May 16, 2011
219
1
79
Woodstock, GA
how old are they?

I opened the door from the coop to the outside when they were about 8 weeks. They had been in the coop for 3 weeks.
They didnt run out, but on a nice day they ventured outside and figured out that it was a good thing.

They will be timid to go out if they do not feel safe. Dogs/cats nearby?
 

Totes Quackers

Chirping
8 Years
Apr 17, 2011
119
0
99
Melbourne
My girls were the same at first, I guess it might be a little scary! Now they see me coming and crowd the door to be let out to free range!
 

dldolan

WineNChooks
9 Years
Aug 11, 2010
1,278
125
212
Sonoma County, CA
I let my 8-weekers out of the juvenile shed they have been in for three weeks and if I stand 8 feet away, they'll come out and sort of move along with me. If I go in the shed, so do they. Lots of standing in the doorway... Yesterday I tossed my pretty ambivalent RIR lead hen and a 15 week old pullet in with the juveniles (in the1/4 acre yard), and they came out and foraged around a bit more with the hen watching out for them.
It's like when little kids play soccer!


 

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