Hello to All,
I have a few questions to those of you that have a fairly large flock ( 30 + birds). Currently I have a Blue Isbar Roo (4 months old) and a pain in the rear already and 6 Rhode Island Reds that are not laying yet (about 3 months old) They have all been moved out to the coop and stay there for now and seem very happy there. I am constructing a large pen 400+ sq. ft. for them now so they can get out in the open....however, I was thinking about just free ranging them during the day or for part of it while I am at home.
With this said and the fact that they have not been outdoors what can I expect? We have plenty of ground 15 + acres I just don't want to open the door to the coop and never see them again! Will they know to come back to the coop? Will they go into the woods and never return? Just do not know? I have another 27 chicks on the way at the end of this month so as they get old enough I don't want over crowding and thought free ranging them would be best and them put them up at night. Any thoughts?