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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by littlejohnacres, Jan 15, 2016.

  1. littlejohnacres

    littlejohnacres Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all,
    I got a little coop for X-mas and last Sunday I bought 4 - 15 week old Isa Brown's. I was getting a little worried because they weren't coming out of the coop (it has been very cold here). Finally yesterday was a little warmer and they came out as I was spreading straw around on the ground for them. Is this normal?? They seem to be ok. Any tips would be helpful. Can't wait till they start laying eggs :)

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  2. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome! We're glad you're here!
    They are probably just getting used to their home. Give them a little time :)
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Chickens are easily stressed by moves, new members in a flock, or changes in their routine. When they feel secure they will be out and about exploring and showing their true personalities. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
     
  4. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined the flock! Don't worry about it. When chickens arrive in a new home they tend to be a little timid. Also if they are getting a little cold they will go inside and huddle together to keep each other warm. Not much you have to worry about. By the way your chickens will pick up on your emotions try to be as less stressed as you can. Just about all animals will pick up on emotions. It's very interesting on how they can connect to you.
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. The other members have given you some good advice so I'll just say, "If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers."
     
  6. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Congratulations on getting your first flock and the coop! Everything stresses out chickens...new coop, additions to the flock, a gust of wind, etc. The good news is they adapt pretty quickly. It sounds like they are fine.

    If you have questions, always feel free to ask, there are a lot of helpful friendly members here.

    Thanks for joining us!
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  8. MarcyR1011

    MarcyR1011 Out Of The Brooder

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    Glad you joined us! If they are already 15 weeks olds they should start laying soon. My Isa Browbs started laying at 4-1/2 months and have been great layers! My chickens don't like coming out in the snow and cold. I encourage them to come out by throwing some scratch and gravel in the run. Good luck!
     
  9. littlejohnacres

    littlejohnacres Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone! They have been coming out more and more the last couple of days. I try to spend time with them so they get used to me. I love them!! I have been reading and getting a lot of information. So I am feeling a little more at ease.
     
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  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    You're welcome.
     

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