Can I free range my silkies?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by craftbug1021, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. craftbug1021

    craftbug1021 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 16, 2009
    Have 13 in a 30x10 pen, with a 12x8 coop attached. But hate to have them in litter all the time, cant move the pen anymore since adding the coop, can I free range them with the EE"s. I do have cats but they pay no attention to the chickens.
    I have a wild life reserve all around my house and an occasional hawk does fly over. They are so docile am afraid to let them out but hate for them not to get grass.
  2. groundpecker

    groundpecker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2011
    Rison, Arkansas
    You can freerange them. I freerange my silkies, but you should not leave them unattended. Silkies are easy targets for predators.
  3. jeetthemeet

    jeetthemeet Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 31, 2011
    Absolutely! Go for it! But keep a close eye on your silkies as they are easy prey.
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Many breeds, including silkies, are poorly suited for free-range husbandry. I suggest investing in the contruction of another coop that that is lighter and suitalble for use as a chicken tractor. Some measure of protection from predators and weather will be provided and they can be given access to fresh ground everytime it is moved which can be multiple times per day or once a week depending on concerns about how yard is impacted.
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I successfully free ranged my two silkies for two years and my polish for nearly a year; until one day when a hawk decided to show up. I lost the crested breeds to that hawk.

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