Training chickens to use run

RockingRooster

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I just got new 5 month old chickens yesterday and I kept them in the coop all day, I have the run door open so they can go out but they don't leave the coop. What should I do? Can I put them out there manually to show them it's safe?
 

Judy

Crowing
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You can, but you can also just leave them alone to explore it on their own when they are ready. It takes chickens a little while to adjust to anything new, even a new object in the coop or run. I usually use pine shavings in the coop. I'll never forget the day I put a bunch of hay in there instead!
 
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