Free Range in Late Afternoon - Is there a reason why?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by joebryant, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    I read so many posts relating how owners allow their chickens to begin free ranging a couple of hours before it's time for them to go into the coop for the evening. Is there a reason for this time's being used? Why not in the morning or early afternoon?
  2. roosmom

    roosmom Songster

    Jun 3, 2008
    upper peninsula
    I know that for myself, I dont get home from work until about 4pm. They know.....they know that I am due home and crowd around waiting for me to let them out. I WOULD NOT let them free range during the day when I am gone to work. There are too many dogs, coon, skunks, fox, wolf, bear, bobcat, mink around to threaten them. Notice I did not say cat, I watched that stand off, I think they can handle their own against a housecat. [​IMG]
  3. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    I let mine out in the afternoon after I'm done running errands. I also don't let them stay out while I'm not here. Also, they learn to go back into the coop at dusk, so you don't have to herd them. [​IMG]
  4. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    I'm in the same situation as roosmom, and many others, I would guess.

    I let them out as soon as I get home from work. I also let them out all day on the weekends, if I am home. I'm really hesitant to have them range while I am gone, even for a little bit.
  5. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    So they don't lay eggs out in the pasture somewhere. [​IMG]
  6. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Also, I think it's because they'll go back into the coop by themselves at dusk, as opposed to you flailing wildly all over the yard to try to herd them in because you have to run off to a hair appointment.
  7. derby

    derby Songster

    Apr 18, 2008
    Boonsboro, MD
    My hens lay in the late morning and early afternoon. I often wait until they are done to let them out - about 2:00.

  8. GopherBoyFarms

    GopherBoyFarms Songster

    Mar 18, 2008
    Vancouver WA
    we let ours free range all day, but that i because I never leave the house, LOL I am always at home in the office that has windows and a door right out to the yard so I can keep an eye on the flock. But if we do all leave the house we keep them in the run till we get home, that only happens once in a great while.
    We have never had to round them up and get them into the coop, they just go on their own every evening when the sun starts to go down.
  9. chickenma

    chickenma Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    I do it because they go back in the coop when its getting dark. No chasing nothing [​IMG]
  10. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Songster

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    yep, that's when everyone gets off work, I'm sure.

    Plus, they won't stay out long.

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