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Free range chickens

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

  1. rvlu

    rvlu New Egg

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    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 Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    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. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    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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