New hens escape temporary pen

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LGKChickens, Jan 24, 2016.

  1. LGKChickens

    LGKChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I would love some help! I purchased 2 hens last night, and have had them in a temporary pen next to my coop. They were fine early this morning when I checked on them and gave them food. Then While drinking my coffee, I noticed the EE on top of my Chicken yard. When I went out to investigate, the other hen also escaped and went up onto the fence. They came down, but now they are behind the Chicken coop and yard in the bushes. I tried to coax them with shacking some feed in a cup. Did not work. How do I get them back? They are used to free-ranging all day. Should I just wait till it starts to get dark and see where they decided to sleep for the night?
     
  2. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined the flock! You can try to coax them out with putting a pan of feed out in the open so you can catch them and pen them up again. Watch them to see where they are escaping.
     
  3. LGKChickens

    LGKChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    They don't seem to be interested in feed at all. I put feed out, but they just are staying in the bushes. I think maybe the stress of the move has made them not very hungry.
     
  4. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    Maybe. Give it a couple hours for them to settle down a bit.
     
  5. LGKChickens

    LGKChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Wil do. I would hate to loose them and have some predator make them dinner. The smaller mixed hen is a known broody.She is about the size of my Sicilian buttercup hen.
     
  6. LGKChickens

    LGKChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    All chickens are back in their own safe and sound.
     
  7. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    I'm glad your new birds are back in their temporary pen. Did you figure out how they escaped? I'd be concerned that if the chickens can get out, then something else can get in.
     
  8. LGKChickens

    LGKChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I think they pushed open the top. I put them in the garage at night so no predators will go after them. I spent most my day making sure the hawk that likes to visit didn't make them dinner.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens. Hope you can keep your girls safely contained.
     
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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

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