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(brief) free ranging success!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CarolJ, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    I let my little flock of pullets out to free-range for the first time this evening. We've had them about 3 1/2 weeks, and I'd been nervous about letting them out with so many predators in the woods around our house. So I let them out about an hour before they were due to roost. They swarmed out of the pen at first and headed for the woods! I almost panicked, but I remained in my lawn chair and watched them. After a few minutes they came back and ended up pecking around the grass within 10 - 15 feet of where I was sitting. One even ate some watermelon out of my hand.

    I was worried about our cat - but after sniffing around a few minutes, he decided they were too big for him to mess with and he left to find a chipmunk, lizard, or mouse to terrorize.

    Around 7:45ish they started heading back to the ladder and up to the coop. By 8:00 they were all tucked in for the night. Instinct is a wonderful thing!

    We got them at 17 weeks, and they didn't grow up with us. So I was excited that they wanted to stay near me. It was funny how the seven of them stayed together most of the time. They're a pretty close knit flock!

    Some happy pullets enjoying their freedom!
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    It's a big world outside the coop!
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  2. hispoptart

    hispoptart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awww so cute! I was really scared the first time I let mine out too. But they all did just fine except the one that still will not come out. She is a scardy chicken LOL
     
  3. Kulyks

    Kulyks Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah, I do the same thing! I let them out about an hour before they are due to roost, and then they go back instinctively to their roost. I was scared too, since we also have a lot of predators - raccoons, foxes, hawks.
     
  4. swampcat

    swampcat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't you just love that feeling when you know your chickens are having fun ?
     
  5. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    Yes - it's so nice! I LOVE having chickens pecking around the yard. It looks so farm-ish! LOL! Today they stayed near me and seemed to really have a good time.
     
  6. SirFarmAlot

    SirFarmAlot Out Of The Brooder

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    Right On![​IMG]:ya
     
  7. Courtney134

    Courtney134 Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine head straight for the woods and KEEP GOING! I'm gonna try again in a few weeks, maybe.
     

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