They won't leave the coop

TinyChickenLady

Songster
8 Years
Jul 14, 2011
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12
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My backyard farm, Maine
I've recently integrated my silkies into the coop with 2 older chickens. The older ones seems to be behaving themselves. They got testy for a day or 2 but they never pecked the babies or kept them from food. But unfortunately, the silkie babies won't leave the coop. Sometimes 1 or 2 of them wander out but they stay right in the coop for the most part. I understand why they wouldn't on a chilly day but yesterday was about 80* and only one came out to wander around. Any ideas why or what I should do? Should I shoo them out on a nice day or let them figure it out on their own?
 

christineavatar

Songster
9 Years
May 1, 2011
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3
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Bolinas, CA
Just let them be chicks. They will go out when they are ready. My only thought is how do they get out? If there is a rise or some other physical blockage to them getting out that might be keeping them in.
 

TinyChickenLady

Songster
8 Years
Jul 14, 2011
1,580
12
131
My backyard farm, Maine
They have a ramp that takes them out into their run. They have a huge run that encompasses apple trees and stumps and other "toys" for them. LoL they pretty much have a perfect run. They are sharing it with two other chickens that are a few weeks older than them. They also have hiding places inside the coop but the older guys don't bother them much.
But you were all right. I came home tonight and found about 6 of the 13 hanging outside. Guess they're learning their way around now.
Thanks everyone
 

Mattemma

Crowing
10 Years
Aug 12, 2009
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80
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Sounds like a great set up! I would just let them explore on their own.When I let my hens roam they never went to far from the shed,but now they are all over the acre lot.
 

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