needing help with homebody hens!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by venymae, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. venymae

    venymae Prairie Wind

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    It in the upper 60's here. Gloriously sunny, not much wind. But my three girls spend 70% of. Their day inside! Chillin in da coop! How can I get them to have fun OUTSIDE?!?
     
  2. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh my word! It's driving me NUTS! Mine are doing the same thing!! They just LOVE their dumb coop so much they don't want to leave! [​IMG] I however don't want to have to clean the coop so much and I have to when they spend so much time in there. I have thought of locking them out of it but I want them to have a safe place to run to if they see a hawk or an owl. They don't have a covered run for an outside area...just acres of wonderful LAND to roam around! It's wooded, there's ferns to hide under. ect. I was going to post the same thing, so I'll follow yours! My girls coop is 8x17 so very large and comfy. The only thing I do is throw BOSS for them a couple times per day outside so they come out for a while but usually they go back inside after about 15 minutes.
     
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  3. BlackBriars

    BlackBriars Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you are saying they refuse to free range? If so, I would eliminate food from the coop/run in the mornings. It should force them outdoors to make a living. I say mornings because they will be naturally motivated to fill their craw in the mornings.

    Try it and see if they begin foraging, sun bathing, chasing each other, etc.
     
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  4. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for the advice! Even if I just moved their food outside it would be an improvement!
     
  5. venymae

    venymae Prairie Wind

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    Mine don't free range. They just won't go into the run! There is no food or water in the coop. They cone out in the morning eat, drink, return to coop. And repeat a couple more times during day. Hahaha they are frustrating: )[​IMG]
     
  6. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Are there many overhead predators that are making them not want to hang outside? I have many ravens and hawks making noise overhead so I'm thinking that's why mine don't want to be out. There's plenty of coverage for them to be safe and no clear area for a hawk to come down between the branches of trees and evergreens...but the hawks make themselves known with their call. Also, we have literally HUNDREDS of bald eagles in the area lately though I haven't heard their "scream".
     
  7. BlackBriars

    BlackBriars Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think if you'll put some chicken furniture out in the run, you will see an improvement. Chickens love things they can get up on to surveil the area and under for cover.

    The chickens lower on the pecking order will appreciate food in areas that keep them hidden from the others while they eat. Change things around in there, chickens are curious by nature and love to explore/find things.

    Report back with results!......grin
     
  8. BlackBriars

    BlackBriars Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're welcome!
     
  9. nikolairapunzel

    nikolairapunzel Out Of The Brooder

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    I have no advice!! But I have the opposite problem as you:) I can't get mine to stay in the yard unless they are in the coop/run. We have over 2 acres of yard and they go around our fence to the neighbors house (which is a campground and not chicken friendly) or the field next to us. Funny chickens!
     
  10. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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