Free Range Instinct?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by calman5565, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. calman5565

    calman5565 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 28, 2012
    Hello all,

    I am a first time chicken owner with 12 three week old RIR's, Black Giants and Brown Leghorns. I am planning to have these chicken be free range for all the benefits from nutrition to my wallet. When they go out in the coop and I let them out, will they know to come back? find bugs and edibles outside? avoid predation? Will all this stuff be instinct on their parts or is there something that I am going to have to do? Please let me know what you think.

    Thank you so much.
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  3. cooped up

    cooped up Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2012
    Portland, Or
    You should keep them in the coop for about a week, then they will know where home is. As to the predator aspect, they will be open game for the predators especially on the ground ,if they don't have a fenced in area to roam. My chickens have a run and they instinctively look up for danger.
    As chicks they are already scratching the groud looking for goodies, they are born with all their instincts.

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