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  1. blueheaven

    blueheaven Songster

    Mar 10, 2009
    Central Indiana
    i have a large backyard where my children play. it is fenced in! on the other side of the fence is my coop and run = chicken tractor. even beyond that is the 'pasture' that is not fenced in.

    i was wondering:
    will the chickens make a HUGE mess (7-10 hens) in the fenced in backyard?
    also...if i let them forage in the pasture that is not fenced in...will they roam too far? i live on a very busy road, but the pasture is 100'+ off the road and we live on 3.5 acres.

    i just did not know how 'far' chickens will roam and if i could 'catch' them if i let them in the pasture at times...

    i was also thinking of building a 'portable' fence??? it is necessary???

  2. scooter147

    scooter147 Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    If you are asking will they poop where they forage yes! Will it be a huge mess, not really, as you know chickens make small droppings (relatively speaking). But you can bet your children step, fall or roll in it (not on purpose of course).
    Has any child ever died from chicken poop? If that where the case most of us on this board would not be on the sunnyside of the earth![​IMG]
    As far as roaming that is a chicken specific thing. I have hens that don't go no more than 100 inches from the coop when allowed to roam, others can be found 1000' feet from the coop. Trying to catch a chicken in a open pasture can be a difficult thing to do and probably not practical.
    As you know predators are probably the biggest concern in letting the chickens free range. I always just let mine out about a hour before dusk, this has a tendancy to keep them close to the coop and usually past the dinner time of birds of prey and before the dinner time of nocturnal predators.
    Hoped I helped a little.
  3. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    I would worry about birds of prey picking off one of your chickens.

    A member from Vancouver,WA - Lisa something just had that happen to her last weekend.

    She would let her chicks outside the run when she was out in the yard keeping an eye out overhead and just when she stepped in the house for a minute, a hawk came in and caught Lady B at the gate of the run. So far, she has survived because she ran out and yelled and the hawk flew off before taking her head off.

    I know plenty of people let their chicks free range but I wouldn't chance it.

    I'll be building my girls a tractor so they can safely eat fresh grass in my huge yard and 4 acres.

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