Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Washington State
Chickens won't leave coop.
So we are new to chickens.
I have 3 young hens- RIR, Buff Orpington and a Barred Rock, from what I can tell. I got them from a friend about a week ago, they are about 3-4 months old.
They have a coop we built, which is tractor style. It measures about 3.5 x 4.5ish feet, about 3ft high, sits on top of 3.5ish feet x 10ish feet run.
They have food and water below in run area.
It took them a while to get comfortable going up and down their ramp to eat, but they now have no major issues. Took them almost another week to realize the roosting stick existed in the coop itself.
Our friend we got them from has kept chickens for a long time, & raised these from babies. He keeps his in a decently large pen area he built himself- no sunlight access, as it is fully roofed over, under shade trees.
My question is this- is it okay that they don't leave the coop much except to eat and drink? They are doing plenty of that, I can def. Tell. But I just worry about their mental well-being, keeping themselves cooped up (ha) like they do.
Do they just need time still to adjust, or since they came from a rather shady home before, do they not want to go enjoy some sunlight and bug chasing and grass eating?
Thanks in advance!