Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DLS, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. DLS

    DLS Songster

    I have a BIG yard. 15 acers. This darn RIR hen was not happy & got out the fence. I saw her & just knew I could not catch her so I just let every thing go a while.
    I was out there in about 2 hours & she came to me & squatted. I picked her up & put her back with the flock & home again. she went got water right away . so I have a good RIR hen she surrendered !! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2008
  2. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    me thinkith youith mayith speekith to soonith. [​IMG]
    wait till it starts happening every day hehe [​IMG]
  3. schmije

    schmije Songster

    Aug 25, 2008
    Peoria, IL
    We've had that happen many times. The first time I freaked out, because I thought they'd never come back. They always did - eventually. Often thru the same hole that they escaped from.

    Now we let them free-range, so it's not an issue.
  4. DLS

    DLS Songster

    well I figgure that 15 acres is free range enough for a couple dozen hens.
  5. schmije

    schmije Songster

    Aug 25, 2008
    Peoria, IL
    I'll have to agree with that! We only have 5 acres, and the girls roam less than 2 of it.
  6. DLS

    DLS Songster

    seems like they still want to try and roam [​IMG]
  7. LilBizzy

    LilBizzy Chicken Storyteller

    May 20, 2008
    My girls roam 3 acres. Too bad only 1 acre is mine..

    It's better not to chase them if they get loose. That stresses them. They seem to always come back at night, if not before.
  8. mgibbzzz

    mgibbzzz Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    Somerset, OH
    Between the run and the big 'pen' as we call it, our chickens have about 2 acres of our 5acres to roam. Are they happy with theat? noooo. they feel the need to fly over and roam about another half acre, but stay close to the coop and big pen. If i want them back in, I throw some shelled corn or scratch grains in the directionI want them to go in. They will follow me and the path of food until I get them in.[​IMG]


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