When will they?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NewHopePoultry, Jun 1, 2007.

  1. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Crowing

    Apr 9, 2007
    I worked hard and in a little over an hour I built a nice run for the hen and her babies. I opened the door to the coop step out of the way and waited. Nothing happened. None of them once looked out at the great outdoors.
    I'm pretty sure they are 4 weeks old, so when will they go outside?
  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Aren't chickens funny? And I thought dh was bad about something new until I got chickens. [​IMG] I would just leave the door open and start dropping little bits of chick starter just outside the door. For my hens I would call chick chick but use whatever they are used to and call her out. The call should get her attention and the food will bring her out.
  3. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    marebear07, chickens always seem to play follow the leader. Once one of the chicks decide to go outside, the rest will surely follow. Gotta love them peeps.

  4. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Don't worry. They will be out soon enough and you won't be able to get them back in. Mine refused to come out for almost 3 hours. Then one fell out the door, flipped a fit and jumped back in. Eventually, one came out on it's one with others to follow a little bit at at time. Now I open the door of the coop in the am and it's a sea of feathers a flappin'!!!!
  5. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Crowing

    Apr 9, 2007
    Thanks everyone. I tried it again and still nothing, well they did mobe closer to the door. I sat there for over an hour just waiting.
  6. schmoo

    schmoo Songster

    May 7, 2007
    West MI.
    [​IMG] Keep trying, it took mine 3 or 4 trys. I'd open the door sit in the run at the far end and wait. I read a book for 2 hours once. A couple of brave ones would run 1 foot out the door then hear a noise and RUN back in full speed.

    Finally after one of them noticed a flying bug she ran out to get the bug and never looked back, ofcouse a couple follwed to fight for the delicious bug.........thats all it took, finding bugs. Now they want to be out all the time. Entice them with some hard boiled yokes. Sprinkle them out the door into the run?? never know

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