Free range chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rvlu, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. rvlu

    rvlu Hatching

    Jun 2, 2016
    Hello, my silkie chickens are about 10 weeka old. They are a little frightened of me when I walk past them. Would it be a good idea if I let them free range while I watch? Will they run away?

  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Are they in a coop? If they are bonded to the coop they shouldn't go too far initially and should never actually run away. Mine free range from an early age at about 8-10 weeks, but before that age I confine them to a small fenced in area that I move daily.
  3. Let them out at the end of the day.
    I start free ranging at 8 weeks old.
    They wont run away. They will probably stick pretty close to the coop. Use some scratch to train them to follow you back to the coop.

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