Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Caleb x49, May 10, 2009.

  1. Caleb x49

    Caleb x49 Out Of The Brooder

    May 6, 2009
    My banties don't seem to want to leave the coop. the are 6 weeks i know their not really babies but in the managing your flock section nobody will help. I have left the door open for hours at a time and they still wont come out and if they do its cause i chase them out. are they still to young to understand?
  2. fahlain

    fahlain Out Of The Brooder

    May 4, 2009
    I've never had any banties before (other than the 5 in my brooder [​IMG] ) but my leghorns did that for a week or so. I put down a few treats on the ground outside, and over the next few days just moved the treats further and further from the coop. After a few days of doing this, my girls decided they liked the big outdoors and began their free-ranging lives.

    You could try it, and see if it helps [​IMG]
  3. R@ndy

    [email protected] Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2009
    Im sure its just a matter of time for them to get used to the outdoors. I have reverse problem with the red star pullets I bought. They are still getting used to going up into the coop in the evenings. Thhey are coming around slowly [​IMG]

    I wouldn't worry much, they will be fine and try putting their food and water out side
  4. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    No, they're not too young. They're just scared of anything new. Give them some time.

    Mine have a large yard without any real cover or shade yet. They all run out early in the AM and when the sun gets low in the PM, and explore the whole yard, but tend to stay in during the heat of the day. If they go out for a while and any little bird flies over, they all run back in. Guess they like the shade and safety.
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Just give them time. I just put out young birds also..and they were staying in the coop. now they are starting to come was even in my yard yesterday! [​IMG]
  6. Maryallison

    Maryallison Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2008
    Fountain, Florida
    Awwwwww! [​IMG] They are just being chickens! They are probably just scared and need time to get used to the idea of going on field trips! [​IMG]

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by