should I force them out?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by faykokoWV, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

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    I just added my 6 week old chicks to the adult flock. They have been in with the older chickens for a week. they refuse to leave the coop and go into the run! Should I force them to go out or should I just wait and let them go on their own?
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    That's a lot of change for chicks...I'd let them settle in for a few days, since they need to recognize their new home. Then I would start taking them outside, even if they turn around and run back to "safety." Probably after taking them out a few days in a row, they would start to do it on their own...
     
  3. Knight Hawk Ranch

    Knight Hawk Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are only 6 weeks old?

    I put mine in a nursery coop within my main flock coop until they are about 3 months old. This way they are big enough to get away from the big girls.

    Chickens are brutal sometimes so at least when they are a bit bigger they can run faster to get away form dominant chickens.

    Your chickies are just staying out of the way of the way of the adults.
     
  4. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

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    6 of the 15 came out today on their own, hopefully the others will follow soon. all of them are roosting with the big girls!
     
  5. CheerfulHeart2

    CheerfulHeart2 Creative Problem Solver

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    Hurray for progress! My Australorps stuck real close to "home" until they were all grown up.
     

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