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I enjoy reading a well written article.
This one kept my interest till the end.
In searching BYC for information on when to start free ranging chicks, this article came up first and answered my question perfectly. The information is complete and clearly stated. A big thumbs up to the author!
That was a great article. Many good points - more on the FENCING needed as I have found out the hard way that 4 inch spaced wire will not keep chickens in. Same for 'flighty birds' in general.
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One reason 'Free Range' does not work. I seem to be blessed with rebels and contrarians. Cannot believe these ingrates decide to lay out in the bushes when I have provided such a nice hen house and nesting boxes. :-(
Amethyst Gem, Americana, Speckled Sussex, EE, OE and Cuckoo Maran - no matter. They prefer to lay in a group nest outside the hen house. Will have to lock them up for a full day to start them over.
Love this article. So much useful information in a neat, concise little package. Well stated.
Thank you for sharing your insight.
this article says it all.
no need to add anything...
This article matches my experiences. A good dog, the right breeds, and natural cover for your chickens, go a long way towards eliminating large-scale loss to predators when free ranging.
Very useful and straight to the point
Good article, practical and pithy, full of useful information, well-organized and articulate. Will look for more from this author.
Excellent info. I'm glad that I read this article before allowing my hens to hatch fall chicks.
This is a great intro to free-ranging - lots of good ideas with some personal experiences thrown in, to boot. Nicely Done!