First time Free-Range! (Lots of pics)

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by booker81, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

    1,929
    29
    183
    Apr 18, 2010
    Mid-MI
    I let the chickens out of their run for the first time - free! It was pretty funny - they didn't know what to do, so they just started by chowing down on the longer grass along the fence (which made hubby happy!). One of the roosters decided for some reason that I looked good to eat and ran over and started pecking/biting any part of me he could reach. I tried pushing him and he'd just come for more, so I took off my flip flop and gave him a whack. He jumped away and tried to come back, so I whacked him again, and he got the hint. [​IMG] (I was sitting on the ground).

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    My daughter likes to feed them through the fence, so she wanted to feed them outside, so I put some feed in the pitcher we use to fill their food bucket, and let her have at it.

    [​IMG]
    She likes to throw it at them (same with when they are in the run), so they don't know if they want to run away, or run to the food LOL! In the end, everyone is happy:

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    If I got up and walked away, they would all start following, so I spent a lot of time just sitting on the ground. The red sex links really liked to stay close, this one was going for the phone [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    One of the SLW roos is kinda gimpy - he was fine up until a few weeks ago, but I'm thinking based on his actions, he hurt his back playfighting with the other roos. He can walk and run, but he prefers to lay, and is sometimes wobbly. He's VERY personable though, and let me hold him and scratch him all over - and he kept closing his eyes. My daughter loved being able to pet him [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    He's my buddy [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    When it was time to put them in, I just shooed them along, and they all went right in the run. I think they liked their little outside trip. We do have a lot of hawks here, and I worry about the road, so I don't plan on free range all the time, but at least when I'm out with them. Their run is 30x10 or so, lots of room, but a big yard is better [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2010
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    It doesn't matter HOW big and room their run is, what's on the outside of that run is always better...lol. Your little flock is cute (and your little chick is too [​IMG] )
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by