Why won't they go outside?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by supermom, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. supermom

    supermom In the Brooder

    Sep 10, 2008
    My friend bought a new house. The owners left behind 2 hens and said that the hens were a little old... no age. It is spring time, warm and beautiful and her hens won't go out of the coop! She has an acre of fantastic weeds and she has to toss the chickens outside each day because they will not venture out. The hens don't lay either.
    I am supposed to give her two of my egg laying hens on Thursday...
    My friend doesn't want to get rid of them...
    Why are they doing this?[​IMG]
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Perhaps they were never let out by the former owner. Or perhaps something seriously spooked them about the outside.
    There's a chance that if all goes well with the new hens being introduced to the old timers, the old gals will learn about the outside world from their new friends.

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