Chickens Won't Go Into Connected Run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by latebloomer, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. latebloomer

    latebloomer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2011
    green mountain state
    i have a nice big coop and a connected run that is accessed through a little connector

    but my chicks don't seem interested in heading out to the run, i've put them in the connector and coaxed them to run only to come back out and they're all in the coop again

    i don't suppose it hurts anything for them to stay in the coop if they prefer it, but i'd be happy to improve the run just to have them use it

    any ideas on why they might not like the run?

    here's a picture, the hoop run that's in the foreground was moved to the left of the connector
  2. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    They will learn but a trail of sunflower seed, scratch or treats may help move them along. Also if you were to put them in the run, they would find their way back into the coop too
  3. EncinoMan

    EncinoMan Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 11, 2011
    This past Saturday, I let my chicks (@ six weeks) into their run for the first time. I thought they'd be delighted to get out after being (literally!) cooped up all week, but when I opened the pop door they ran and huddled in the far corner of the coop. I had to reach in, sweep them toward the ramp with my arm and shut the door behind them. For about 30 seconds they cried like it was the end of the world...then they suddenly realized that their universe had tripled in size and began happily running around and scratching at the ground! Now, each morning they shoot out the pop door like little feathered cannonballs and start feasting on the dandelion greens I've put out for them.

    As common wisdom predicted, after a week of confinement they recognize the coop as being "home," and each evening as it starts to get dark they dutifully walk up the ramp and roost inside the coop.
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2011
  4. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Overrun With Chickens

    May 25, 2010
    NW Georgia
    i experienced the same thing as encino did. the first time the pop door was opened for the chicks to go into the run, it took 11 minutes for the first one to get up the nerve to stick her head out. for the first few days, they would venture out onto the ramp, but not onto the ground! i tried dropping worms, bugs, etc....but they weren't interested. my run is divided down the middle, with the now 14 week old chicks able to get to one side, my already layin hens on the other. even with the hens out and about, the lil ones were VERY tentative about going outside.

    now there are days as i look out and it's almost dark, if they're ever going to go inside! LOL give em time, they'll find it and love it
  5. latebloomer

    latebloomer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2011
    green mountain state
    thanks everyone
  6. lorihadams

    lorihadams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 17, 2008
    Yeah, try putting their food and waterer in the run and that way they have to go in there to get it so they get used to it. Just wait till they see snow for the first time! You'll never get them out of the coop....[​IMG]

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