Chicks that won't leave the coop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by harleyjo, May 19, 2010.

  1. harleyjo

    harleyjo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2010
    SW Iowa
    I have 11 four week old chicks. Yesterday we finished an outside area for them so they could come right out of the coop and into this fenced area. Last night we just opened the door and let them come out. It took about 30 minutes of standing at the door and the ramp for them to start out. We over the course of a few hours we got 8 to come out. The other 3 are scared to come out. Same thing today, those 3 won't come out. Is this normal?
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Simple answer: Yes.

    Four week old chicks are BABIES. Chickens, by their very nature, are hesitant about anything new. I wouldn't worry about it, yet. If the babies want to stay inside for 3 or 4 weeks, let them. They'll eventually get bored and venture out. I suspect it won't take but a few days. [​IMG]

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