Hens won't venture out by them selves.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MurphysBYC, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. MurphysBYC

    MurphysBYC In the Brooder

    I have a 5 hens that have been in the coop and run for over a week. I have propped the door open for 2 days straight during the day and they never see the world. Is this normal? How long can it take?
  2. CosmoTheRooster

    CosmoTheRooster In the Brooder

    May 24, 2013
    It's probably overwhelming to them. It will help if you set them outside until they go out on their own.\

  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    They're just being smart chickens. They know the coop is safe, they don't know about outside. Plus, they know they're at the bottom of the food chain!

    You can just give them time. If you want, try tossing some scratch just in the door, then just outside, to tempt them out. But I think time is the best thing.
  4. MurphysBYC

    MurphysBYC In the Brooder

    Thanks. I'll just keep doing what I'm doing then. :)

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