getting used to a new environment

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gigelus2k13, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. gigelus2k13

    gigelus2k13 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 2, 2013
    San Carlos, CA

    I just got my first two chicken (Buff Orpingtons), hatched in November 2011, i.e. mature hens.

    The place I bought them from is a full-pasture egg farm, so they're used to a lot of freedom. Now they stay in my smallish coop (32sq.ft).

    The question I have is: how long will it take for these hens to get used to the new home well enough that I can let them loose in the backyard?


  2. aggiemae

    aggiemae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2012
    Salem Oregon
    Chickens have very small brains, we keep them shut in for two days and check on them often for the next few weeks.
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    My recommendation is a full week. Is their feeder inside their coop? That will be the big draw.... But if they learn "this is safety" in the coop, they'll come back to it at night.

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