I have a newbie question. I have 4 very fast 6 week old chicks that I eventually want to allow to roam the yard for a few hours a day. They have a secure run with a coop inside it (which the are only using for a few hours a day at the moment, then into a large brooder at night).
My question is, when they are old enough to live outside, what is the best way to train them to return "home" to the coop after ranging? We are on quite a large block and I don't want to have to chase them around too much. Is it fairly simple to condition them to come at the sound of a rattling feed bucket?
Thanks in advance.