Ok, how do i get them to leave the coop?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wartrek79, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. wartrek79

    wartrek79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see alot of messages asking about getting them back into the coop, but i can't seem to get mine to leave the coop for more than a few minutes. SILLY CHICKENS![​IMG]
     
  2. goatkeepers

    goatkeepers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dunno, but maybe you could carry them out to where ever you want them to be (yard?) and let them see how neat it is to explore. [​IMG]
     
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    And I thought I was the only person with this problem. I let mine out of the coop and around 7:30 pm, they are fussing to get back in their coop. I have 30 !!!! They love to huddle up and sleep in a pile.
     
  4. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are the chickens?

    You could try putting scratch(or any other treats) in the yard so they want to be the first one out. LOL. If there food in water are in the coop, they may not see any reason to come out. Couch potato chickens!

    -Kim
     
  5. wartrek79

    wartrek79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are 8 weeks old.
     
  6. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Usually when they are younger, in the absence of older birds, they tend to stick close to the coop if not in it. Mine were hatched in late February and they are just now venturing out of the coop, and it's only because they are following the adult trio out and about.

    Maybe you just need to give them some more time to grow up and become more courageous. Enjoy their little timid selves while you can, a few more weeks and for the rest of their lives you'll be running around trying to catch them again.

    They'll come out on their own time. You can encourage it with treats, but for the most part they'll be timid and shy for now.

    -Kim
     
  7. wartrek79

    wartrek79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks![​IMG]
     

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