nobody said they were smart !!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mgw, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    This morning I got up at 5:00 AM to rake out the run and put fresh sand down on top. This is a job that hasnt been done since may cause I had to work away from home since memorial weekend, have only been able to come home twice a month. Anyways I raked all the corncobs and other debris out of there cleaned and refilled the waterer and feeder then shoveled 2" of new sand on top. after that I opened the pop door to let the girls out, they poked their heads out and pulled them straight back in. so I went and got the favorite treat BOSS and tossed it out while they watched not even that would entice them to come out. They were just looking at me out of the pop door saying where are we and who are you. so I just gave up went in the house to have coffee. It is now 8:30 so I looked out the kitchen window they all 5 are setting on the ramp but will not set foot on the run. $##%@>? chickens [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    ETA these ding dongs are probably going to quit laying now tooo GRRRRR!!

    OH and I'm starting a new coop prodject today or tommorow if I can get all the neglected things done from summer, I can only Imagine what that will do to them!!!
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2010
  2. WiMoSiFr

    WiMoSiFr Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 12, 2010
    But you redecorated WITHOUT permission!! [​IMG] What did you expect??? [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I'm sure they'll come around soon!! Silly chickies.... [​IMG]
  3. bjash

    bjash Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2010
    Moline, MI
    Should have left the door open while you redecorated. They like to see what you're doing (at least mine do). [​IMG]
  4. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Can you grab one and set him/her in the run? Maybe "monkey see, monkey do" will work for the rest of them once they realize that the first one survived the sand. [​IMG]
  5. jaimslee4u

    jaimslee4u Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Mine do that after it snows... All of there little heads peaking out the door but not one of them will take the first step!
  6. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

    Dec 15, 2009
    Penn Valley, CA
    Quote:I think this is a good plan! Chickens are social and often learn by watching, and once they see one of their friends out there, they'll probably be more comfortable trying it out themselves.
  7. buzymom13

    buzymom13 I run the Alien Chicken Asylum

    Apr 20, 2010
    [​IMG] You could go play "duck,,duck,,GOOSE" and make one of them be the "guinea pig" and try the newly decorated run.....


    Ok...Ok... I'm going to be quiet now.... [​IMG]
  8. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    Thank you all for the input, those goof balls wouldn't put their foot down in the run for about 4 hours. They finally did I think that the BOSS just laying there got the best of them in the end.while I was working in the garden by the run just a few minutes ago I heard the egg song so all must be well with their world. [​IMG]
  9. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    I'm glad they got with the program. They can be so goofy about things! I had a bag of shavings that ended up being more like sawdust--same stuff just a finer grind. I cleaned out the coop after work one night and it was pretty close to their bedtime when I finished. You should of seen the chicken jam at the pop door. Silly birds acted like I put quicksand down on the floor and they'd get swallowed up if they set foot on it. Most of them finally went in, but I had to move a few stragglers in after dark. They didn't seem to have any problems the next morning and all was well (and clean!) in their world.
  10. dragonlair

    dragonlair Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2008
    Rocket scientists they are not. Mine freak at the oddest things.

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