Getting them to go outside!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tigertrea, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. Tigertrea

    Tigertrea Songster

    Feb 10, 2012
    LaSalle Ontario Canada
    Since it got fairly cold here a few days ago my chickens are avoiding the outside at all costs. I keep their water (on a heat base) outside, close to the pop door and feed inside. I see them go out to get a quick drink now and then but, other than that they don't venture out at all. They have a covered run but, we have no "prevailing" wind direction here so, even having one side protected from wind doesn't help that much. Even when I open the run to let them free range they head out for no more than 5min then back into their coop.

    Is there any way I can encourage them to come out of their coop more? Besides tarping their whole run to close it off. Should I worry about it at all?

  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    What about throwing some scratch out into the run? Once they get busy scratching around for it, they might stay out for awhile.

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