Won't go outside

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RainbowFlower, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. RainbowFlower

    RainbowFlower Out Of The Brooder

    Last week I bought 4 Rhode Island Red 20 week old pullets, from a commercial breeder. They won't come out of their coop. I have a two storey coop, which has a nesting boxes, and roosts upstairs and a wire mesh area downstairs. Occasionally they will come through the trapdoor into the bottom area (maybe they fall down the hole - it's not far), but they fly back up again.[​IMG]

    I don't want them to be feeding inside the coop as ultimately I want them to be freerange. Their feed is in the bottom level, along with the water.

    So, should I be pushing them out of the coop each morning, and blocking the doorway back in?
  2. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    Try throwing some food or tasty treats on the ground.
  3. RainbowFlower

    RainbowFlower Out Of The Brooder

    I've tried that. I've even tried laying a trail of food down the ladder. Aside from a cup of food a day I put into the top storey (can't have them starve to death), all of the food is in the bottom storey. They still won't go there.
  4. RainbowFlower

    RainbowFlower Out Of The Brooder

    I'm really hoping someone has some words of wisdom for me on this. It has been another two days and still they stay in their coop. What can I do to encourage them to explore a little?
  5. swtamour

    swtamour Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2009
    Silicon Valley
    I'm having the same problem as you. I've tried treats but they'll just go outside to eat the treats but go back to the coop afterwards. I have three RIR that are 9-10 weeks old. I posted a thread on this and a person responded to say close the coop up after they leave and let them roam around. I'll try this tomorrow by giving them treats to get them outside and close up the coop.
  6. jhm47

    jhm47 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2008
    Move them to the lower story in the mornings, close up the top story, and don't let them back up till evening, when they need to go to roost. Do this for a couple days, and they will be fine.
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:I agree. [​IMG] When chickens start being stubborn about something, whatever their reasons may be, sometimes you have to make the decisions for them.
  8. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    just take them outside and let them find their way back INTO the coop. They dont know they can exist outside a confined space.

    Enlighten them.
  9. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Giveem few days till they get used to the new place some hens never seen outside before so they get shocked at the begenning, and after few days forse them out of the coop and make sure they have some treats to snak on then they will realize that this is thie new home.

  10. RainbowFlower

    RainbowFlower Out Of The Brooder

    I just went out to force them out of the coop, and two of them were out. [​IMG]

    Looks like they have worked it out for themselves, it's only taken 9 days. I've been watching over the last hour, and the two of them seem to be going in and out. I guess the other two will catch on when they see the first two getting all of the goodies.

    Thanks everyone.

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