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Help - new chooks!

Posted: 08 Feb 2018, 21:01
by boaters
Hi - getting 5 new chooks this w/e. How long should I keep them in their house before letting them into the run? Is a couple of hours enough? It's advertised as a 10-chicken house, and the run (fully enclosed) is 6'x8'.
Probably the first question of many!
Thanks. J

Re: Help - new chooks!

Posted: 09 Feb 2018, 10:22
by kated
Probably at least 24 hours to let them know that this is their home now. You may still have to chivvy them in at the end of the day for a while. Good luck and happy hen keeping!

Re: Help - new chooks!

Posted: 09 Feb 2018, 11:39
by MamaOwl
oohh exciting times! Cant wait util I get hens again... I miss them so much.

I usually get my hens in the morning, put them in the hen house with the pop-hole open and let them figure out what's what..having some yummy corn outside hidden under a bit of straw helps.. As Kate says you may have to encourage some of the sillier ones in at night :-)