My new hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ange, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. ange

    ange Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2009
    I just purchased 7 new hens, to go with my other 7 hens. I added them to the roost at night, which when I received them, in morning let all out to play, all fine. Problem is only 2 came back in coop at night. In morning I seen some of the remaining not in coop, they were under the spruce trees. Question, will they ever come to the coop with the others? And ate they laying somewhere else and setting. They are red Stars 18 months old. Help, never encountered this before. I cannot reach them in the trees but sll on ground, I think
  2. TaraBellaBirds

    TaraBellaBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2013
    SW Kansas
    It is usually a good idea to keep them in the coop for a few days to let them get used to seeing that as the safe place. It doesn't sound like that may be possible since they are already in with an the original group. Give them some time. You may have to physically put them in the coop for awhile. They will come around in a few weeks!
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    They are not used to their new home. You need to lock them all up for about a week to adjust to their new surroundings, and the other hens.

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