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post #21 of 110

Mine are confined to a run.... now. Winter's coming. Personal choice. For example, cats love to be outside yet many of us keep house-cats to protect them from the dangers of the outside world. They'll adjust. Just love them and do your best.


Edited by mommissan - 11/17/11 at 4:32pm

Chickens, I need more chickens.... and ducks too, yeah some ducks too!

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Chickens, I need more chickens.... and ducks too, yeah some ducks too!

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post #22 of 110

I don't think it's a problem provided that the run is big enough and they get some access to green stuff. 

My run is 32x20 ft and i have 14 birds.  I give them greens everyday, and in the spring I plan to make a "chicken salad bar" for them in part of the run.  I just need to find stuff that will grow in the shade since the area doesn't get much direct sun.  I don't think the chickens mind as long as they are not used to having complete freedom.  It's all about managing expectations tongue


Edited by fiddlebanshee - 11/17/11 at 5:16pm

Chicken Math in action -- sell three, buy seven -- build another coop - harvest two, order 12, and then some more and some more.

32 chickens and 23 quail own me.  Add about 30 chicks but loose 14 to predators. I need me some more chicks, me thinks.

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Chicken Math in action -- sell three, buy seven -- build another coop - harvest two, order 12, and then some more and some more.

32 chickens and 23 quail own me.  Add about 30 chicks but loose 14 to predators. I need me some more chicks, me thinks.

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post #23 of 110

They won't know or miss what they never have. Don't let them taste the freedom if you plan on keeping them in the run.

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post #24 of 110

I would say it depends on the chicken.  Some are hawk magnets because of color or have feathering that makes it hard for them to see predators.  Those types I might not freerange anyway.  Some chickens handle confinement much better than others.  I think it's fine if you have a chicken adapted to it.

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post #25 of 110

Our run is 15x30.  We have lots of "toys"
Old stairs, a ladder, a sandbox, old logs.
They don't know the difference. Except
the predators can't get to them!

3 RI, 4 black sex links, 1 beautiful golden sex link, 3 leghorns, 3 EE's

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3 RI, 4 black sex links, 1 beautiful golden sex link, 3 leghorns, 3 EE's

Dental assistant for 32 years:  Chickens don't have teeth
                                                 Don't be a chicken!!!
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post #26 of 110

One thing we did was build a tractor in addition to their run.  When I'm home I shuttle them all over the yard, and they make excited travelling noises as I move it along.  Almost everyone in our neighborhood stops to talk to them, and the chickens talk right back.  I'd love to free range them, but we have a huge number of coyotes right near by.   The only thing is our roosters aren't always happy with the status quo, and will gaze into the distance longingly while the hens are happy as could be.  They have a good life though, and are busy, curious little characters.  I don't know what I'd do without them!

Whoever said don't count your chickens before they're hatched clearly never tried to count chickens after they're hatched.
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Whoever said don't count your chickens before they're hatched clearly never tried to count chickens after they're hatched.
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post #27 of 110
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Originally Posted by silkiechicken 

They won't know or miss what they never have. Don't let them taste the freedom if you plan on keeping them in the run.


This sound a lot like people don't it? Just get that taste of freedom and you just might end up with a war on your hands.lol

post #28 of 110

I keep my 'birds' in a sheltered run 99% of the time... I do let them out every once in awhile under strict supervision(I live in a city with very close neighbors, some who don't like the idea of back yard chickens). the run is 12 x 5 with a duck house on the left and a chicken house on the right... right now I have too many birds in their but after this weekend it will have 4 chickens and 3 ducks... I have added a couple small roosts and thinking about adding another one across the 5 feet and about 3 feet off the ground... it that too high for a leghorn and some sex-links? they also like to roost on top of the chicken house...
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/109082_dsc05090.jpg

post #29 of 110
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Originally Posted by UrbanFarmerGreg 

I keep my 'birds' in a sheltered run 99% of the time... I do let them out every once in awhile under strict supervision(I live in a city with very close neighbors, some who don't like the idea of back yard chickens). the run is 12 x 5 with a duck house on the left and a chicken house on the right... right now I have too many birds in their but after this weekend it will have 4 chickens and 3 ducks... I have added a couple small roosts and thinking about adding another one across the 5 feet and about 3 feet off the ground... it that too high for a leghorn and some sex-links? they also like to roost on top of the chicken house...
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/109082_dsc05090.jpg


I love your idea! We had a house just like that and we are about 50% done converting it into a full inclosed chicken house. I wish I would have seen yoru picture before, that would have been much easier to do!

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post #30 of 110

Here is our chicken run. I have 20 some chickens in that house and they like their run too. I have since added roosts and different stuff to keep them occupied

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/74337_dsc00876.jpg

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