Chickens made it out, will they go far?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mandalitten, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. mandalitten

    mandalitten Out Of The Brooder

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    I just added a temporary run to the coop that I have been letting my 3 chickens (about 2 months old) run in when I am home. I didn't leave them at night or leave since it was 4 feet tall and was afraid they would jump it. However, I noticed that they barely made it half way up the side, so I went for a meeting this evening and didn't lock them up since I figured I'd be back by dark. However, the meeting ran late and to my big surprise I see one chicken sitting in a flower basket by my front entrance on the opposite side of the house!
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    I pick it up (it's dark now) and put it back in the coop, and notice another one is gone. The run looks fine, but they must have jumped/flown over it (they were twice as athletic as I have seen them). I live in the city, but have a garden with many places to hide, so I am hoping the last one is hiding somewhere there, but my question is how far does chickens typically wander away from home if they get a chance? I feel bad that I didn't look better after them, but I guess there is always a chance she will come out from hiding in the morning and walk back to the coop area when she gets hungry... No more blue sky run for me!
     
  2. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    She probably won't go far-chickens can't see in the dark so they will find someplace to roost for the night.
    If it were me, I'd go out with a flashlight and check all those little corners she can get into just to make sure a coon or stray cat doesn't get her.
    Sure hope she shows up in the morning! [​IMG]
     
  3. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    Mine never wander far. I have had them get scared and they run and hide in bushes. It's hard to see them as they really dig in. Once it's dark they won't move.
     
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Awwwww, she was waiting for you!!

    I strongly suspect you'll find your second pullet tomorrow morning, somewhere nearby, if she doesn't come running up to you when you go out first thing.
     
  5. mandalitten

    mandalitten Out Of The Brooder

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    I went out with a flash light several times, but no luck. It's the first time outside the coop, so I wouldn't think they would go far, but I don't know how long they were out either, maybe 1.5 hours before it got dark. It's a little worrysome that one made it around the house to the street side though, but she was so cute laying in the flower basket, waiting for daddy to take her home!
    I just hope the other one settled in before it got dark.

    Thanks for the comforting words though :)
    I'll let you know first thing in the morning if she is still with me!
     
  6. MiniBeesKnees

    MiniBeesKnees Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. mandalitten

    mandalitten Out Of The Brooder

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    I went out looking for Nikki this morning, and I looked twice around my yard and neighborhood, but didn't see her. I had given up, but then I heard this faint noise from some trees over by my shed, and what do I see? Nikki! I looked there last night, but she must have hid well. She was a little cautious and probably enjoyed her freedom so she didn't want to come to me at first. I got her some food and lettuce and she came out and I tried to grab her. She didn't like that, but she ran towards safety (the coop), and she is now safe with her sisters! It is a huge relief I didn't have to put her picture on an egg carton as a missing chicken!
     
  8. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    Whew-glad you found her and she was safe! [​IMG]
     
  9. Ms. Kitty

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    If you had called Lance, he could have stalked it down for you. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. mandalitten

    mandalitten Out Of The Brooder

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    Ms. Kitty :

    If you had called Lance, he could have stalked it down for you. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Huh?!? You obviously know who I am and must be a friend of Lance since you knew Lance was coming, but who are you? [​IMG]
     

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