Chicks into the big pen - do they need an older chicken around?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wvcruffler, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. wvcruffler

    wvcruffler In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2009
    Elkins, WV
    Howdy all,
    My chicks are now around a month old and I moved them into the big pen Sunday AM. They were originally put into the barn portion and I left the door open so they could go into the fenced grass and explore. They went out and I don't know if they have been back in. the weather is OK now and for a couple days, but how long do I give them to make their way back inside? Should I borrow a hen and put her in there to show them how to go in and out of the roost? There is a light inside the barn (imagine an outbuilding like you park a lawn tractor in) for warmth, but they are fairly well feathered right now. AnywayI think they will figure it out, but I was curious.
    PS that avatar is my daughter with her hen "Princess Mononoke"
  2. HenMamma

    HenMamma Songster

    May 10, 2008
    Emmet TWP, MI

    I had the same problem last year. Just go out and put them to bed at night. After a couple of nights they will start putting themselves to bed.

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