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free rangeing believers here!!!

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by missourichickenmama, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. missourichickenmama

    missourichickenmama SURPRISE!

    Jul 17, 2008
    i am proud to free range !!! i would like to know other free rangers.
  2. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Los Angeles CA
    i free range my mutts
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    All my birds free range, except for brooder babies and the silly guinea keets!! I had lost some a few weeks ago, and kept my little ones confined for a few days, but there haven't been any loses in a week at least!! [​IMG]
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    We free range [​IMG] The birds LOVE it
  5. DaKid

    DaKid Songster

    Aug 31, 2008
    Berkley , Ma.
    I would love to, but having lots of wooded area around me and neighbors about 200 ft or so away each side , I just don't thing they would like my chickens over there on there property and well lots of predators in the woods to the back and part of the front & side of us too. so just a large pen for us
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Quote:My neighbors are not quite as close, but I live right next to a huge government owned land area that is used for mostly game preserve/hunting/farming, in that order. I have lost my chickens IN MY YARD, not in the woods. The ones I did lose were all young yard chickens.
  7. spook

    spook Songster

    Huge believer in free range, but there is a choice in my neighborhood, keep enclosed in the 14 x 30 pen with netting over the top, or lose the whole flock to the 2 types of hawks that picked off 2 already, or the bald eagle juvinille, osprey or owls.
    See, we all love chicken.
  8. spook

    spook Songster

    my pc is placing 2 posts at a time this morning....grrrr. sorry to you folks! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2008
  9. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Most of my flock free ranges with the exception of my Polish, Silkies and bantam breeds--they get oustide time and fresh greens, but are just penned outside for that! The rest free ranga from dawn till dusk. My property is not fenced--they just know their boundaries and have always stayed in them...it's amazing! Yes, I know free-ranging leaves them more vulnerable to predators, but that is something you understand when you free range...it's never happened to me yet, thank God, but I understand that it could happen...but I think the benefits of free ranging far outweigh the negatives. I have happy, healthy birds because of it! [​IMG]
  10. verycherry

    verycherry Songster

    May 29, 2008
    SC Arkansas
    We "sort of" free range. We have a fenced in section of our pasture for the chickens. They can easily get out if they really want to though, but it's plenty roomy for them, so they rarely do.....specially during summer when it's the only cool shady spot for them.

    If they do ever venture out, they still have a wood rail fence around about 2 acres, but of course can get out of that very easlily, so we do try to herd them back in fairly quickly if we aren't going to be right there watching or working in the garden. Just too many hawks and other preditors around our neck of the woods. We even saw a dead bobcat about two miles up the road one day, so we really have to keep an eye out.

    If I could, I'd let them free range all the time. They really enjoy running around in the field.

    Last edited: Oct 30, 2008

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