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Truly free range, or in a run?

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We will be closing within the next 10 days on a house in the country
It's about 2 acres
is the run strictly for protection? What other uses would I need a run for?

If we don't use a run, will they know to lay eggs in the nest boxes or will I be having year round egg hunts? (Lol)

And will they come inside the coop at night?
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Thats a house Right in pic #2 not just a chicken coop??? lol....

Wondering when i lost the girl that use to dance in the rain and sang when i cleaned and made love outside in the sun. seems like it was yesterday but yesterday was so many years ago.. that girl has been replaced with someone who seems to be what im told we are suppose to be at this age.. I am my mother, My grandmother and her Mother before her.. I am wisdom,,, But I miss my young Spirit....`````
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Wondering when i lost the girl that use to dance in the rain and sang when i cleaned and made love outside in the sun. seems like it was yesterday but yesterday was so many years ago.. that girl has been replaced with someone who seems to be what im told we are suppose to be at this age.. I am my mother, My grandmother and her Mother before her.. I am wisdom,,, But I miss my young Spirit....`````
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Originally Posted by Coffee 1st View Post

Thats a house Right in pic #2 not just a chicken coop??? lol....
yes! Lol
Its the back of the house

This will be the coop
post #4 of 4

If you keep your chickens in the coop for the first 2-3 days (and nights, of course), then they should know where to return to on an evening time (at least mine did).

 

A run is better for protection both from predators and any thing you may wish to grow. Having said that, personally i find great pleasure in watching my small flock do laps of the garden and do "chicken things". Having said that, hawks (and the odd mongoose) are the only real predators where i live (cats are chased away by the chickens) and yes, i have lost a chick to hawks, but thats a price i am willing to pay for letting them free range in the garden. 

 

Good luck and enjoy your new house!

 

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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