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Getting chickens to go outside

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by klodder, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. klodder

    klodder New Egg

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    I purchased some laying hens from a confinement facility. I cannot get them to lay eggs in the nest or go outside to forage during the day. Any advice?
     
  2. owlflights

    owlflights Out Of The Brooder

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    How long have you had them? They probably just need time to adjust. If they are retired laying hens I'm sure they need a break, and are scared of this big new world that is suddenly available to them. Give them time and patience.
     
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  3. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They've been life that their entire life getting them to change will be hard, I would take each one out 1 by 1 and put them in the grass and grab a handful put in front of their beak and see if they will peck it to try it.
     
  4. klodder

    klodder New Egg

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    We have had them a week. I take the outside and before I can go back to get another one that one has already ran back inside. I hate to lock them out bc the one egg they did lay was not in the nest and it was during the day. I don't want them to start laying eggs outside.
     
  5. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know maybe try making a run it may make them feel safer?
     
  6. bantambarnyard

    bantambarnyard Out Of The Brooder

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    I would buy some mealworms and bring one outside and give it the worms. Do this for a few days for each one and then try throwing some on the ground and see if they come out. They probably just need some time. Good luck!
     

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