Chickens running free

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by happymorrows, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. happymorrows

    happymorrows Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there, first time poster. I am looking into getting some chickens. I will be living on 1/2 acre in town. I would like to let my chickens run free at times under supervision. What i would like to know is, how do I keep them from running off into the neighbors' yards, and how do I get them back in the coop? I know about the movable coops and think those are a great option. Just wondering if anyone knows any good chicken herding tips.

    Thanks!

    NEVERMIND! Just saw the "chasing chickens" post. sorry! question answered :)
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2009
  2. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    Initially you'll need to keep your chickens in the coop for a few days to a week so that they know it's home. After that, they should return every night at dusk -- if you want to get them back in earlier than that, you'll have to develop your skills as a chicken wrangler. Keeping them out of the neighbors' yards will require a fence that they aren't tempted to fly over. Heavy breed birds rarely feel the need to fly unless they're missing out on a treat. Light breeds can get into trees, so you'd have to cover your yard with bird netting to keep them home.
     
  3. SussexInSeattle

    SussexInSeattle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in town on 1/2 acre and my chickens stay in the yard with only 3 ft high cheap fencing that I put up myself. I do have the coop fenced with it's own smaller section but I usually let them run the whole yard.
     

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