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Free Range shelters?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by monarc23, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    What do you guys all use for your free rangers? Or do you just let them find their own shelter?

    Pictures welcomed!
  2. doubleostud

    doubleostud Songster

    Sep 10, 2008
    Stillwater, Oklahoma
    All of mine are free range, but they put themselves up at night in a coop. I have a friend that has pretty much three sided shelters with roost in them, thats what his birds use, but I like to keep all mine in one place.
  3. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    I have two small coops that they retire in at night. I lock them in at dusk and open the coops for the day at sunrise.

    I've seen some folks talking about open shelters but I just can't bring myself to leave them that unprotected at night, especially since I live in a rural location.
  4. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    Mine are let out of the coop in AM and they put themselves away at night. If you are asking what type of shelter they find in case of rain/snow mine will find shelter under picnic table, trees, pickup truck, on the front porch, etc... I have built nothing special for them to go under.
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    If you let them find their own shelter, every day will be an Easter egg hunt.
  6. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Songster

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    When they're out free ranging and the weather gets bad, they have a choice of going back inside the coop or taking shelter elsewhere. If it's raining hard they squish themselves against the garage door where it stays dry. Or they go into the horses run in shed. They prefer to stay in the coop when it's cold though.
  7. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    I also freerange, when I'm home... so 90% of the time! [​IMG]

    My chickens always come out for the day, and put themselves away at night.

    If they are fearful of something and hide, I find them in the wheel wells of my husband's truck, or under the deck on the old brick stairs there. I would like to have a tree in the back yard near their coop for additional protection from hawks and such. We have a very OPEN acre of land with no trees.
  8. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    My free ranging birds, find thier own shelter. But I do have a two sheds, and a two barns they can roost in. And they also love to roost in cedar trees. [​IMG]
  9. Our free range birds are letout of their coops in the A.M. and they put themselves back in in the p.m. then we close them in for the night.
    If they need to go in their pen its always open for them to do so during the day .

    Then we also have some movable pens for free range that you just move whereever you want .They are made from cattle panels with chicken wire over the panels , like a hoop house kinda .We just toss a tarp over it fastened down for shade and protection from weather.
  10. Momtofive

    Momtofive Hatching

    Oct 30, 2008
    Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
    I've been keeping mine in their pen in the morning until they lay and then letting them out in the yard for the rest of the day. If I don't come get them as it's getting dark they just go into their coop on their own. They have just started laying and I'm a little concerned that there are eggs some where in the neighbors' yard that I can't find.[​IMG][​IMG]

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