new additions will not go outside?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by grateful, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. grateful

    grateful In the Brooder

    Feb 24, 2009
    Bozeman, MT
    Fellow BYC,
    So I purchased my first run of chick this year and went overboard on everything 25 chicks, huge reclaimed farm building for the coop,Re sized the yard, etc..... Then i found a breeder of Marans that I really wanted and he sold me 6 pullets and 2 amazing roosters. These additions are about 2 months older than the first lot and are about ready to lay in the next few weeks. I did the quarantine for 30 days and then slowly introduced them all. They are getting along, but one question. The Marans are not going out side or roosting. The sleep in the shavings and never go out the pop door. Is this normal and should I try to" teach them"?

    Bozeman, mt
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    If you just introduced them to the coop, it might take a while.

    If it were me, I'd go out at night and set each one up on a roost. It's just not healthy to lay in the shavings at night. Eventually they'll wander out. Guess you could put some treats by the door to get their attention.

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