Free range questions.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lethalfire, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. lethalfire

    lethalfire Out Of The Brooder

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    Hope I am asking this in the correct area. I have 4 chickens, well recently discovered 3 hens and 1 roo but I have been free ranging them during the day. Sometimes I let them out later or earlier and put them away later or earlier just depending on what that day brings. I was curious about what times everyone else lets out /puts away their chickens that also lets them free range. Is there a certain time you use? A certain amount of time every day?
    I'm new to it all and just want to make sure I'm doing everything right. I hate letting them out when I know I have to run errands and get groceries because I am not here to keep an eye on them so those are the days I let them out later, but maybe I need to get
    over that fear and just succumb to the fact that there are dangers with free ranging?

    I will be getting silkies later this week also but I was told they are only 1-3 weeks old so they will be in a brooder inside for a while, now with them being raised here once they go outside do I need to keep them in the coop for a week also? (they will have their own separate coop)

    Any and all advice is welcomed, and I would LOVE to hear how everyone else manages their flock that is allowed to free range. I personally couldn't imagine not letting my crew free range, sure I have to chase them out of my flower bed from time to time (I knew that was a risk before I started) but watching them walk all around the house and even come onto my deck and sit on our wagon, it's just hilarious watching them.
     
  2. Mah1Mah1

    Mah1Mah1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I let the girls out when they start to crow in the morning, then I put them away when they jump into the coop. They free range all day and ruin the grass [​IMG]
     

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