Settle in time?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Keptewe, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. Keptewe

    Keptewe New Egg

    Sep 9, 2009
    Newbie here. We got our hens this morning and they are safely settled in their new coop. These girlies will be free range. How soon can we safely let them out to explore their new surroundings? Will they figure out how to come home on their own?
  2. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    I have always been told that they need to be locked in the new coops for a few days to reinforce that this is HOME. That way once you let them out they know that is where they should go to sleep etc.

    My first flock we kept them inside the coop for about a week before we let them into the run...never had an issue about going inside at night. Then again tho we dont have free rangers, just a large enclosed run.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2009
  3. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I was told it takes a week. Keep them in their new coop for a week before letting them out to free range, then they should come "home!"

    ETA: Welcome to BYC ! ! !
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2009

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