My chicks won't leave the coop!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by alibond, May 26, 2008.

  1. alibond

    alibond Chirping

    May 26, 2008
    I have a new flock of 5-8 week old chicks. Yesterday I put the finishing touches on the run, and opened the door expecting my brood to dash outside in search of sun, dirt and worms. Alas, they wouldn't come out. So, one by one, I placed each on the down side of the ramp and nudged them into the yard. They had a great time all day.

    At dusk I expected them to go inside - toward the light. However, they huddled up under the ramp. So again, one by one, I place them through the door of the coop.

    This morning I opened the coop door expecting them to remember. However, they have no come out yet.

    So, how do I get my chickens to go outside?
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Same way you did yesterday...

    It takes a couple days to 'train' them - just keep shoving them out the door in the morning and herding them up at night. It can take a few days up to a week or so and they will eventually get the idea.

    They'll probably get the hang of coming out before going up at night if they are like mine!

    Silly chicks!! [​IMG]

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