Chickens on the lam!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SunnysideupstateNY, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. SunnysideupstateNY

    SunnysideupstateNY Songster

    May 15, 2010
    Today I let my girls out to free range like I do everyday. Its the second day without the rooster that I had to take back, and a new pullet partitioned off in the tractor. We had some heavy rain come through and usually they run for cover in the garden, under the deck or back in the coop. Today they vanished. All five. Has anyone else's done this? Have they come back?
  2. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    Wish I had more to give you than [​IMG]
    How much land do you have forthem to freerange?

    I have 5ac but my 5 girls seem to stick mostly to the 1/2ac the house sits on.
    I'm a newbie, got my hens last May, so this is their first Summer being out & about by themselves.
    Mine do seem to know where their coop is and put themselves to bed at sunset.
    Even though it's not totally dark I'll find them roosting inside the coop when I go out around 8P.
    I let them out of their yard at 5P when I get home from work.

    I hope your girls turn up safe & sound & yelling at you [​IMG] about the rain you obviously let happen to them.
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Oh yes. At least twice, my little flock of Brabanters was "nowhere to be seen"! And they appeared together, safe and sound. They were hiding in the woods that surrounds my house.
  4. SunnysideupstateNY

    SunnysideupstateNY Songster

    May 15, 2010
    I have a little over an acre for them plus they like my neighbor and he likes them so they'll wander onto his acre as well. We're surrounded by woods. I'm about to go venture into the poison ivy now. I hope they're as smart as your
  5. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Songster

    Jun 29, 2010
    The Lakes Region, NH
    Maybe they're in the trees...[​IMG]
  6. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    When chickens go to ground you won't find them unless you step directly on them. I've spent plenty of time trying to hunt down spooked chickens. The only time it worked was when we had the dog with us and she fell over one in the tall grass. Better to just wait. Unless something has gotten them they nearly always return to the coop when it starts to get dark.
  7. savila009

    savila009 Chirping

    Apr 8, 2010
    Im sure they will be back when the sun goes down.

    But I would def ground them![​IMG]
  8. Littletonchicks

    Littletonchicks In the Brooder

    May 7, 2010
    I bet they will show up at dusk and be ready to go to bed. Mine do this every day. I see them off and on all day but when night comes, they make there way to the coop and put themselves to bed.
  9. SunnysideupstateNY

    SunnysideupstateNY Songster

    May 15, 2010
    So I get my long pants and shirt on in the wonderful 83 degrees and 75% humidity to walk through the woods. And what do you know but i step out on my patio and there they are under the deck. They really haven't wandered too far since they got back tonight. Thanks for the support! I really do feel like the crazy chicken lady now...
  10. aduplantis

    aduplantis In the Brooder

    May 25, 2010
    I'm glad you found them safe !! I would have been worried too. I LOVE my chickens.[​IMG]

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