- May 26, 2017
I am new to BYC and chickens. I have 4 hens and 1 rooster who are 3-5 months old. I kept them in their coop/run for the first 2 weeks after I got them. Now, I am trying to get them to go out when I am at home for some "free range" time. They may stay out five minutes and then they are back in the run/coop! I have went back out to check on them and found everyone of them laying on the ground right inside the door of the run! Why wont they stay out and be chickens? My yard is safe, I have 2 dogs in a penl, but they don't seemed bothered by them. I have even seen them once pecking and scratching around the dog pen. My dogs don't seem to even care about them being there. What do I need to do to encourage them that Free Range is good, and not to be so "chicken" about leaving the coop/run?