Free range or no

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lonnie leeman, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. lonnie leeman

    lonnie leeman New Egg

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    Hey there I'm trying to decide whether I should have my chickens be free range or should I have done in the outdoor hey there I'm trying to decide whether I should have my chickens be free range or should I have done in the outdoor cat pen
     
  2. lonnie leeman

    lonnie leeman New Egg

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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, lonnie leeman, and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our community! Free range vs. coop and run is a long debated choice on BYC. I respect people who come down on both sides of the argument. To me it's a risk vs. reward deal. I guess I would be called a partial free-ranger. I try and manage the risk by only free ranging them when I or someone else his home. And while my girls free range every day, they are probably ranging 6-8 hours - not all day. I think this is still plenty of time for them to explore around, get some greenery and bugs, and still maintain relative safety...as I am often out there with them or very close by. Here's an article from the Learning Center that talks about free ranging: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/deciding-to-free-range-your-flock
    Good luck with whatever you decide. [​IMG]
     
  4. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Hello, and welcome to BYC! I am quite glad you joined us, please make yourself at home, I think you are going to like it here! :frow

    ~Cuz
     
  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under lonnie leeman [​IMG] Welcome!

    Free ranging was a Topic of the Week and you might find this thread interesting reading: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1148095/topic-of-the-week-free-ranging

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you ‘Find your State’s thread.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  7. N F C

    N F C eggnog time! Premium Member Project Manager

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    You've been given some great links to check out of the free range vs. contained flock so I'll just say hello and thank you for joining us!
     

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