New hens not leaving coop

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wife89, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. wife89

    wife89 Out Of The Brooder

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    Sat we brought home 3 1 year old hens to our coop. They are our first chickens. Anyway, we kept them in there for a day to get them used to it, but when we try to get them outside, they protest. We can't seem to catch them to put them out there. Is there anyway we can bribe them to go outside? They have a nice big yard to run and play and lots of bugs to eat...so personlly I don't see the problem [​IMG] My 13 year old son is worried and a bit miffed because he was so looking forward to eggs every morning..he can easily put down 4 for breakfast:rolleyes:

    Any suggestins
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2011
  2. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    Give them time.

    Chickens do not respond well to change.

    They will get settled in and all will be well.



    Good luck and enjoy your birds.
     
  3. wife89

    wife89 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks.. we are going to build a covered run for them so that they can free range a bit while we are gone. Hubby is a teacher and I work part time at the school. So we want them safe since we live in hawk country. Hopefully they will start venturing out.
     

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