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Ladies won't leave coop

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pmcquitty, Aug 4, 2016.

  1. pmcquitty

    pmcquitty Just Hatched

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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?
     
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    Just give them time to get comfortable in their surroundings. They'll explore by themselves soon enough. [​IMG]
     
  3. pmcquitty

    pmcquitty Just Hatched

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    Thanks! I wills leave the doors open tomorrow afternoon and keep an eye on them then.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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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.
     
  5. pmcquitty

    pmcquitty Just Hatched

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    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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