First Free Range today (Lots of Pictures)

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Cyberous, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. Cyberous

    Cyberous Chillin' With My Peeps

    I picked up these two adoptees 12 days ago, RIR and Redstar (I think) They have been real antsy whenever I come to the coop looking like they want to get out.

    Last night I did a search on this forum and found the best way of training your chickens to free range is let them out 2 hours prior to sunset since they will instincutally want to come home to roost.

    I locked the Dogs on the deck and the cats inside, crossed my fingers and opened the door.

    They immediately started scratching in an area I just tranplanted a tree, They were there for 10 minutes or so then started to wander.

    After about an hour of wandering around they started to walk home,.. it was a proud moment for me!

    Hope you enjoy the photos!

    Don


    Woot,.. we are FREE!!!
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    YUM BUGS AND STUFF
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    Whats over here?
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    Where are we?
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    Heading Home!
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    Home at last!

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  2. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    [​IMG] Your chickens are going to be soooo happy! I wish so bad that I could do this, but we have hawks all over the place! Not to mention my two weinerschnappers and the cat. [​IMG]

    You have a gorgeous view too.
     
  3. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    They certainly will be happy! What a beautiful place you have! And the view, fabulous!! [​IMG]
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Great pics. Thanks for sharing! [​IMG]
    I don't always know where my free range chickens wander during the day, but they are all back at the coop come dusk. Happy chickens.
     
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2009
  5. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Wow, your flower beds are great!!
    Are they very high maintenience?
    Great view too!
     
  6. Cyberous

    Cyberous Chillin' With My Peeps

    Should I be concerned with Hawks on full sized chickens?

    We have a few but not too many.

    Thanks for the kind words,.. the planters are no problem. I worked in a commercial nursery a few years back so I was able to get a few truck loads of potting soil so maint is very very low as weeds pull out easily and they are on timed sprinklers. However, last year I converted three of the six to water gardens, containing lotus and water lillies [​IMG]

    Don
     
  7. b'hamPeeps

    b'hamPeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow! Looks like some lucky clucks.

    Can you post a couple pics of your raised beds? They look like cool designs.
     
  8. Dr.Doorlock

    Dr.Doorlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even here in the city I worry about hawks. I'm troubling over letting the girls out in the back yard. They have lots of room in their run and coop. I would have to clip their wings and keep the dogs inside while they tear up my raised gardens. Even with all the problems, I still want to give them that freedom sometime.
     
  9. Cyberous

    Cyberous Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here is a picture from last year, the poly bag is a temp "green" house to get the Lotus and Thai Basil started.

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    I will take some better photos tomorrow.

    Don
     
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2009
  10. Cyberous

    Cyberous Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh yea,.. I found more photos.

    Remember the three on the out side are now water gardens.

    Don
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