Chicken run / backyard time

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ScottLovelandCO, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. ScottLovelandCO

    ScottLovelandCO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 50 square foot chicken run attached to the coop. I have 4 chicks but at some point will probably have 6 hens total. How often should I let them out of the run and into the yard to scratch around and eat bugs and grass? Does this need to be a daily occurrence or is their run sufficient for free ranging with yard time 2-3 days a week?
     
  2. daver

    daver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As often as you wish.

    I let mine out about two hours before sunset and they will go in on their own, Very manageable.

    And don't feel guilty if I skip a day or two.

    Dave
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2012
  3. Cargo

    Cargo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    According to my hens, there can never be enough free range time.
    But you should be fine for the scenario you describe. 6 is a bit tight for that run.

    Keep in mind they will make a bee line for your flower beds and garden areas and any other place you don't want them to go.
     

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