Chicken run / backyard time

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

  1. ScottLovelandCO

    ScottLovelandCO Chirping

    Mar 14, 2012
    Loveland, CO
    My Coop
    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 Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Linden, NC
    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.

    Last edited: Mar 16, 2012
  3. Cargo

    Cargo Songster

    Sep 28, 2010
    Farmington, NM
    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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