I am glad to report that the chickens are learning and not getting more difficult. When we first put them in the coop the would huddle on the floor or under the roost perches. Now at 10 weeks old they seem to have gotten the hang of it and almost all are all perching up off the floor at night.
They also were let outside for the first time in their fully enclosed run to investigate and scratch for food and bugs. The copper marans and olive eggers were, and still are the boldest of the group and had no hesitation to go outside. The other easter eggers, ameraucanas and barred rocks I had to shove out the big door and lock everyone outside for a few hours. The next day I would just prop open the big door and let them do whatever they wanted. The third day I only opened the small chicken door and let them use only that. To help them come out I took dried mealworms and coaxed them out and put treats on the ramp outside to show them it was ok and it worked. [Read More…]