Am I crazy - First day free range

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ZuniBee, Jan 26, 2008.

  1. ZuniBee

    ZuniBee Songster

    May 8, 2007
    Zuni, Virginia
    This morning, on a whim, I decided to leave the gate open on our egg layers run. By the time I opened all the coops and came back a few of the girls were already exploring. I have always wanted to let them free range on the property but never had the nerve to just let them go. Well, they are out now and loveing it. Hopefully they will all come back this evening and hopefully nothing will get them....
  2. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    They will come back, they always go back to the food source. It was hard for me to let mine loose the first time. I went in the house for about half an hour and they had all put themselves back in the run but came right back out once they saw me. Good luck and have fun.
  3. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    [​IMG] AW They will come back,they know where to eat ! I let mine free range all day long.....they always come and go from the coop...........stayed out the entire 1st day......... watch um come running when you show up tonight......... [​IMG]
  4. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
  5. bayouchica

    bayouchica Songster

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    I bet they'll have a wonderful time exploring around.They'll be alright, just go out & check on them from time to time.
    If I'm out with the chickens & notice a flying predator I'll clap my hands loud & say SHOOOO .Sounds silly but it gets their attention & they'll take cover if nessesairy (sp?)
    I'm sure your chickens will sleep good tonite,lol.
  6. Cheryl

    Cheryl Songster

    I have no pen around my coop, so I open the door and they wander, though not too far as it is COLD! My yard is fenced and it is a yard, no property to speak of. The girls go in each night at dusk and pile into one nest box...I just lock the door behind far so good. The wire will be put up in the spring. Right now I just have to make sure when the girls are out, the dog is in!
  7. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    I let mine free range from day one. It's just more enjoyable watching them run around the property and running up to greet me whenever I step outside. If you are nervous about it, start small at first and just let them out a little before sunset. Either way, they won't go far at first but will slowly go farther and farther - BUT....they will always come back to roost at night - mine also come back all day long to lay their eggs.
  8. rjv_piper

    rjv_piper Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    Ya, all my mutt and chickens I'm not going to show get to get out and explore daily. I keep my nice show chickens locked up so nothing gets them.
  9. seagullplayer

    seagullplayer In the Brooder

    Jan 3, 2008
    Southern Indiana
    Only time I ever had trouble getting them back in the house was after a night raid by a racoon the night before. [​IMG]

    With feed the price that it is, I except to see more chickens running loose this spring. [​IMG]
  10. ZuniBee

    ZuniBee Songster

    May 8, 2007
    Zuni, Virginia
    Man are they having a blast! (and so am I just watching them!) I left the gate and the front door open and they are all over the place. I'm going to start letting them out a lot more.

    The two roo's were a bit confused at first...they were running around trying to keep all the girls together. They finally realized it wasn't going to happen! Now I just have to wait to see if they all make it into the coop at dark!

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