Young ones won't leave the coop


In the Brooder
8 Years
Mar 6, 2011
We have had our 8 week old RIR in the coop for about a week, but the do not seem to come out of the coop. I have a 14" square cut out of the floor, with a sliding door over it. I open the door every morning, and close the door every night, but have yet to see a chicken out in the run. I tried to set the feeder outside to try and lure them out, but it did not seem to work. It is only about a 6" drop from the coop floor to the ramp leading outside, so I do not think that is the problem. When I open the door to feed and water, they all seem to come to the door like they want out, they just don't seem to use the ramp. Any ideas on how to lure them out, or just keep opening the door and let them explore on thier own?
I had about a 6" drop and my RIR,BSL and EE would try to do the step but wouldn't so, I made the step smaller and then no prob. w/ramp. Maybe make it a smaller step until they figure it out?

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