First day of free-ranging...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Gladys Rabbit, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. Gladys Rabbit

    Gladys Rabbit Out Of The Brooder

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    ... or at least, running around the back yard.

    My four chicks are about five weeks old and have been living outside in their coop full-time for about a week. Today I decided to let them loose in the yard for the first time, mostly to see how my Chihuahua Lilly would react. I didn't know if she'd chase them or nip at them or what she might do. Turns out, she decided to become one of the flock. All five of them wandered around the yard together, no fear or aggression from anybody. I wouldn't leave her out there unattended until the hens are bigger than she is, but it looks like they are all going to be friends. A cat came into the yard and Lilly chased the cat away. So, a positive experience! Except they just about ruined the petunias, trampling them down with their big feet and eating all the blossoms. But I'm so happy to have chickens that I smiled. [​IMG]
     
  2. nickie

    nickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a great feeling, watching them wonder around the yard. I love it. My dogs don't like it much when the chickens play king of the dog hill (yep, they climb right up on their backs) but after a bit of grumbling they figured out all they have to do is get up and walk away. It's great.
     
  3. NannaD'sCrazyCoop

    NannaD'sCrazyCoop Out Of The Brooder

    My Chi was indifferent to them - However, the Ducks are a totally different story - for some reason, Daffy - my campbell, will chase Jesse all over the yard. She does not give Jesse one moements peace. I have to go out and make Daffy leave Jesse alone. LOLOL
     
  4. McKenley5

    McKenley5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a chihuahua and a Shih-Tsu that hang out with the chickens everyday. Here is a pic of Ricky trying to get in on the tomato treats that Emily was giving the chickens:
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  5. nickie

    nickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When my Pekin goes broody (they aren't supposed to do that!) She chases my dogs around the yard honking,quacking and hissing. I have pit bulls! It's the funniest thing to see a duck chasing off this dog so many people are scared of just because ages a "big bad" pit bull.
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:If you are referring to a bantam cochin, often times called a pekin esp. in other countries, they are most definitely supposed to go broody.
     
  7. nickie

    nickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope, white pekin duck.
     
  8. Gladys Rabbit

    Gladys Rabbit Out Of The Brooder

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    McKenley5, that is a very cute picture!

    What type of chicken is the tan and white one? I have one just like that and I think she's a golden comet? (I pretty much bought four random hopefully-female chicks from the feed store and I don't actually know what they all are.)
     

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