First day in outside coop...chicks haven't ventured inside yet!?!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Here chickie chickie!, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. Here chickie chickie!

    Here chickie chickie! In the Brooder

    Jun 21, 2010
    My five-week-old babies went into their new outdoor coop today. It's a raised coop with a ramp and a door. So far, they've been hanging out under and around the coop, loving the straw bedding and the bugs. I'm concerned they'll never make their way up into the coop. We've been putting food on the ramp to entice them up and so far, two out of five have spent a little time in the coop and then come right back down. Should I physically put them all up in the coop before nightfall? I'm concerned they won't have enough food and water if we don't.[​IMG]

  2. Iheartchicks<3:)

    Iheartchicks<3:) Songster

    Aug 1, 2010
    Mount Vernon, WA
    they will evenntually im sure they are just excited with their findings [​IMG]
  3. Coreyboy18

    Coreyboy18 Chirping

    Jun 17, 2010
    New Orleans, LA
    Iheartchicks<3[​IMG] :

    they will evenntually im sure they are just excited with their findings [​IMG]

    And if they don't go in on their own, you should put them in there just as it is getting dark. Mine knew what to do immediately. They're amazingly intelligent.​
  4. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
  5. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Songster

    Mar 27, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    My Coop
    I'd put them inside the coop if they're not going up by themselves. Start by putting them on the ramp and pushing them up and inside. The other thing to remember is that chickens are almost blind at night so a light inside the coop helps a lot. I use a solar light kit I bought at Lowes. You can look at my BYC page to see what it looks like.
  6. SparksNV

    SparksNV Songster

    Jun 13, 2010
    Spanish Springs, NV
    I just got my pullets on Friday. The first evening at dusk, we caught them and put them into the coop & closed the door. Last night, at dusk, they all went in by themselves! We locked up the coop and went inside! Amazing!
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2010
  7. white01

    white01 Brady Brook Poultry

    May 11, 2010
    West Enfield,Maine

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