First Day Outside

The chicks have reached their 6 week birthday and the run is mostly finished! Time to let them out their coop door for the first time. What a bust! This picture is the extent of the first day. As brave as these little girls were in their brooder and inside the coop I thought they would be running out the door to freedom! ┬áBut noooo…..a little wind, a flying bird shadow or a dog barking 4 doors down kept them inside the coop.

We finally got about 6-7 of them outside for the next couple days but then a new lesson was learned. The books say chickens will instinctively know to go into their coop at night as part of their survival. Well my little chicks haven’t caught on. They insist on staying outside. Another interesting thing we found out is it’s not a rumor that chickens almost go into a coma in the dark. Every evening we are having to pick up narcoleptic chickens who have fallen asleep where they stand and pop them into the coop to shut the door. They are limp, lifeless and rumble a little as though they don’t have the energy to cluck. One of the white chicks quickly woke up after I put her inside and was really ticked off! She started pecking at my hands forcing me to poke her in the chest a few times to show her whose boss!

After a week all the chicks finally made it outside at once. Every night we’d count…..1..2..3..4…..until we finally counted 34! Phew!

Now if we could just get them to go back in at night!