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Howdy people!   I've 17 R.I.R.'s in a 60x60 fenced pen.  I have not allowed them to be outside of the pen. I have provided my girls with many creature comforts, and, my girls enjoy "The life of Riley" here.     My question for the experienced members of BYC is this;  If I were to open the pen gate, (to allow my girls access to my yard) a couple of hours before dark, would they return to their hen house to roost, or, would they run away never to return?  

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They should come back smile.png Chickens are very stubborn about sleeping in the same place every night, as anyone who has ever tried to move birds to a new coop or had a chicken sleeping where they shouldn't will tell you. It's why you can free range chickens without fear of losing the flock - they always come back to the coop to sleep at night.
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:welcome

 

x2 on Pyxis answer, they should come right back as it starts to get dark.

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free ranging birds will return at dusk, if they haven't fallen prey to predators of the four legged or two legged persuasion.

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