Encouraging free range

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by barrytay45, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. barrytay45

    barrytay45 New Egg

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    Help! My chickens will not "free range". They were previously caged chickens & I can't get them to leave the garage area. There is pastureland and barn behind house, but they will not go away from hen house or house. No predetors in sight. Had these birds about 2 weeks. Any suggestions?”
     
  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Carry them out and put them in the grass? My new chicks when it came for them to free range they wouldn't leave there coop, but after taking them out a couple of days they got use to it and came out by them selves. I hope that helps!
     
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    It may take them quite some time. They are still fairly new to you and coming from a caged situation it's going to take them some time to feel comfortable in so much open space.
     
  4. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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  5. Free Feather

    Free Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    How did you get them? Are they ex-battery hens?
     
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Restrict the volume of feed they are provided in the garage area. Tomorrow provide a feeding station about 30 feet in the direction you want them to go. Each day move the feeding station an additional 30 feet or so in desired direction.

    You statement of no predators is not likely to be accurate and birds are hardwired to prefer cover. If desired area is too open you will be challenged in getting birds to forage it.
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    It's only been two weeks. They'll likely expand their range on their own, it will just take time. Chickens are well aware they're prey, and won't take your word for it there's nothing waiting to eat them for dinner.
     
  8. Hummingbird Hollow

    Hummingbird Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Similar suggestion to one already suggested....sprinkle a little scratch out at the edge of the space they are using and then sprinkle a little more a few feet farther out. See how that works, in a few more days you could sprinkle a bit even farther out.
     
  9. barrytay45

    barrytay45 New Egg

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    Thanks so much...trying this as we write. These were former egg factory hens.
     
  10. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    They should be able adjust.

    How is their molt coming along?
     

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