define "Free Range"

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by big greg barker, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. big greg barker

    big greg barker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, everyone, what is YOUR definition of a free range chicken?
     
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    My definition of free range is always free. I have a flock of games, and they are never confined. They go and do as they please.
     
  3. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    My definition of free range is letting the clucks out of the run to roam around my backyard and peck the insulation off my air condioner hoses, torment the dog, follow me around, etc.

    Edited to add: But I shut them up at night, and they stayed in their run on the days I'm not there to monitor them.
     
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2009
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Yup, what he said.

    Mine are cooped - too man predators and we work full time.
     
  5. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2008
    North Dakota
    My definition is I open the coop in the am & let the birds fly over the 4' fence and wander around the farm, they go back at dark and I close up the coop in the pm.
     
  6. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    free range = open pop door, chickens have from 1 acre to 100 to go where ever they want, when they want.
     
  7. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Digging through the neighbors mulch [​IMG]
     
  8. maplesky7

    maplesky7 Flock Mistress

    Jun 14, 2008
    N. IL.
    ha ha...I was gonna say that...


    when they go sit on the neighbors hand rail and look in their kitchen window and crow.
     
  9. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    Locking them up securely at night but they have access to anywhere in the daytime. Mine like my barn the best and run for it as soon as I let them out. I think it's the horse poo! [​IMG]

    I do keep mine locked in their large run when I'm not home to supervise (ie: watch for coyotes/fox). But, I'm a stay-at-home mom, so I'm seldom gone.
     
  10. RHewitt

    RHewitt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Free Range means I can sit on my porch and watch them do there thing anywhere they like in the 1 acre fenced in area I have for them. Great stress relief for both me and the flock.
     

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