Why are they hiding out indoors?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Laffindog, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. Laffindog

    Laffindog In the Brooder

    Jun 26, 2008
    It's a gorgeous beautiful mild day and all my birds are in the coop. Why? They can go in and out as they please, but they choose to stay inside. Should I push them out the door and close their little hatch? [​IMG]
  2. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Songster

    May 21, 2008
    I have two pens/coops, one bunch always is out and about and the other stays in the coop all day. I don't have an answer but I hear ya!
  3. They may be having a secret meeting. i would let them be.
  4. wateboe

    wateboe Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    Lebanon, Ohio
    Leave them safe passage to cover! Mine all run for cover when a hawk or other winged potential predator is around, even if we humans don't notice it. Mine also spend a good deal of the day in the barn that encloses their coop because they have little of no protection from the sun outside it. They seem to prefer to be outside in the evening when the barn is casting shadows and the sun is not quite so overpowering. If you want t encourage them to come out, try adding some other forms of cover in their pasture or run.
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:I totally agree! Something may have spooked them that you are not aware of. Leave the hatch open and they'll come out when they feel the coast is clear.

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