Flock keeps wandering

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jbokhart, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. jbokhart

    jbokhart New Egg

    Apr 13, 2011
    We just moved and have started free ranging our flock of 4 hens and 1 rooster. They are about 100-150 yards away from the house and for the first week they stayed near the back of our property. This week however twice I have found them closer and right next to the house. Is there any way to encourage them to stay closer to their hutch? They have plenty of area even further back from their coop that they can wander in. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    The best way to encourage them to stay closer to their area is to always give them treats there. Chickens are all about food, and they always remember where they get the delicious food......Mine do come around the house every now and then, but mostly they are in the back.

    I never NEVER give my chickens any treats near the house. They will remember if you do, and come looking in the windows for you! [​IMG]
  3. JackE

    JackE Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    You are so right about giving the birds treats near the house. They WILL come looking for you. Too late for me now, but I don't really mind it.
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    They like coming around the house because it is interesting. There is often soft dirt around the foundation and other nifty things that interest them.

    As they get bolder, a different issue becomes how FAR away they also can wander. Some get the wanderlust and can range up to 1/4 mile away.
  5. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2008
    Palominas, Arizona
    Is there plenty of shade near the coop? And places to take dust baths?
  6. jbokhart

    jbokhart New Egg

    Apr 13, 2011
    There is plenty of shade though has not been a sunny day since we moved here. Everything is muddy and wet and cold right now!! Winter has been nothing but rainy and hardly any snow so far here
  7. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Oh, my goodness, mine know The Treat Lady lives in the House From Which All Nummy Thing Come!

    If I leave the door open occasionally (renovations, the contractor goes in and out, etc.) and fine chickens in the house. Just lookin' around. One of miy girls laid her egg on the base of the cat tree, twice!
  8. Kickin' Chickin'

    Kickin' Chickin' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2010
    Upstate New York
    I agree wholeheartedly , never feed them "at" the house . I now have chicken poop all over my deck because thats where the food has been thrown from.They come up to the sliding glass door everyday,and god forbid I should forget the afternoon feeding ,lol

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