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Just got my chickens last week, and wanted to 'free range' them. How long should I keep them in the coop before turning them out?

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:welcome​ I would suggest you keep them in the coop until they start laying

 I have two amercaunas, two wellsummers , two lakenvelders ,a silver laced cochin, a golden laced cochin, a buff  brahma , a jersey giant, a cream brabranter, and a buff orphinton.   And yes the chicken in the picture is mine.
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 I have two amercaunas, two wellsummers , two lakenvelders ,a silver laced cochin, a golden laced cochin, a buff  brahma , a jersey giant, a cream brabranter, and a buff orphinton.   And yes the chicken in the picture is mine.
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If you turn them loose now to free range,  they may lay their eggs over all the country and dare you to find them.  I would confine them to coop and run until they start laying again  and hopefully in the nest boxes you provide.

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Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on Adamschickfarm and drumstick diva; keep them in the coop until they start laying in the nest boxes. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.

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Welcome to BYC!

 

How old are your chickens? Are they chicks, laying, or close to laying? 

 

I agree they will need to stay in the coop to know where to lay, and to know where home is. I always kept new birds in the coop for at least a 4-7 days before letting them range.

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Homesteading on a 6 acre hobby farm in Southern Wisconsin. Raising a gifted child, A barnyard mix of chickens, Icelandic sheep, A sweet elderly pitty bull, a few barn cats, and a large garden.  

 

 

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Hi and welcome to BYC. I usually keep new birds in the coop for 48 hours before letting them faff around in the garden - it works for me and i've only had one chicken lay outside the nest boxes (and I hatched her!). Everybody's experiences are different, so id suggest reading and then thinking about what may suit you best.

 

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:welcome

 

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Hello!

Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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