New to us chickens won't go out of coop???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by encoreman, Nov 26, 2015.

  1. encoreman

    encoreman Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 20, 2015
    On the edge, Tn.
    Hi all, yesterday evening I bought 6 red sex-link hens and brought them home to our coop. This is a new coop never before used. They were on the roost at their previous home when I came to get them. Last night none went to the roosts, but 1 spent some time in the nest. This morning I waited until about 6:30 and they were all awake so I opened up the pop door which has a ramp leading into the run. I tried coaxing them out and finally caught 1 and placed her outside on the ramp and she came back in. Should I just let them go out when they get good and ready or what. Perplexed in Tennessee. Thanks Mac
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    I'm sure that they are just a little confused and timid at the moment. Chickens don't generally respond very well to change and moving to a new home is one heck of a change for them. Putting feed and water in the run may tempt them, but they will get the idea pretty soon, so i would just leave them to it.

  3. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 2, 2014
    North Canton, Ohio
    Their just acclimating to their new surroundings, just throw some treats in the run, pieces of bread or scratch/ greens. They are probably not even used to you yet. They will eventually( few hours or few days) will relax and do what chickens do. Just make sure they have plenty of clean water and food.[​IMG]
  4. encoreman

    encoreman Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 20, 2015
    On the edge, Tn.
    Thanks for the replies, we had chickens when I was a kid, but that was a half century ago. I gave them some cabbage leaves and they sort of pecked at it, I don't know if they were used to treats or not as the guy I got them from had 150+ chickens. I made sure they had food and water in place. We will wait and see, they need to enjoy the warm weather while we have it.
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Chickens are prey animals, so they are naturally cautious. Give them some time and they will venture outside. If they were never outside in their prior home, then it will take much longer for them to venture outside. You can try luring them out for treats.
  6. Caleb999

    Caleb999 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree. Chickens are timid, and take time to adjust. My chickens did the same thing at first. By the end of a week, they were always pecking at their door to get let out in the morning.

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