Ladies won't leave coop

pmcquitty

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Jul 4, 2016
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I got my first chickens about a week ago-have never had chickens before. The flock is 8 older birds that someone gave me-6 hens, 2 roosters-these birds have been together for about 2 years. I kept them in their coop and pen for a week so that would learn they are home. I let them out of this afternoon into the yard so they could roam a little. I had planned on letting them have the run of the yard each day. They wouldn't leave their pen--is this normal? How can I encourage them to leave the pen?
 

TheKindaFarmGal

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Just give them time to get comfortable in their surroundings. They'll explore by themselves soon enough.
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aart

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Yes, they are just being cautious, might throw some scratch down just outside the pen door to entice them out.

Why 2 cockbirds?
Even tho they have previously lived together in peace, be ready to remove one male if things get disruptive
They could fight and/or overmate the hens.
 

pmcquitty

In the Brooder
Jul 4, 2016
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Eastern Shore, MD
Thanks so much. I have the two roosters because the entire flock was given to me as my starter flock. All 8 birds have been together for almost two years and it seems pretty stable. There is definitely a hierarchy, but it seems to work. I will continue to keep an eye on them and remove one or both if they get to be a problem. Originally, I hadn't planned on having any roosters, but it was all or none.
 

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