New girls won't go outside

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Susan49, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. Susan49

    Susan49 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 13, 2013
    We added 15 new hy-lines to our main flock exactly one week ago. Learning from our first experience, we released these girls inside the coop so they'd know it was home. There's been a bit of a shake up as everyone reestablishes the pecking order, but nothing really nasty. Most everyone seems to have found their place now.

    However, while my older girls all run outside eagerly in the morning, the new ones are still too shy to go outside. They are starting to spread out more inside the coop and mingle more with the older girls (instead of huddling up in a corner together playing ostrich!) but they still don't go outside even when the weather is gorgeous like it is today.

    The last batch of hens we integrated late last Summer were outside the very next day. Should I be concerned? Should I physically shoo them out? Am I worrying too much? [​IMG]
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Leave them be, they will go out when they adjust to their new surroundings and feel comfortable. Encourage them to go out by throwing treats outside. All it will take is one going out and the rest will follow.

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