Free Ranging a bit too far

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BigRedNZ, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. BigRedNZ

    BigRedNZ Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 19, 2011
    Hi there, looking for tips and tricks. I've had a nosy around the blogs and so far scaring them back seems to be the only solution when the girls roam too far.

    Our 3 birds (one's broody right now) are getting out over the coop (first thing to be remedied) and ranging further than they're welcome.

    Young kids crawling into chicken poop on the lawn is a spin off we're not appreciating. And struggling to get a vege garden established.

    Now we're into summer I'm using the hose but the poor girls are soaked before they get the message, and then I'll be battling respiratory problems.

    Any other tricks to deter the roamers.


    3 birds and free ranging in a run 30sq meters with abundance of plants (The Chicken Jungle according to my kids) but a destinct lack of edible greens unless we add them
    They tend to roam when we're not home, my kids make sure of that.
    I guess they get some mixed messages (warm sunny day with lots of weeds we let them out to go nuts, but then that's more controlled)

    Anyway, any tips/tricks would be appreciated.

  2. Farmergreen

    Farmergreen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2010
    Divide your area up into at least three large pens. at least 50X50. (more room more chickens.) this is free range by some. Oh I do inches so what's 30 meters? anyway this is what I run 40 hens on rotate every month. Plant some type of native grass for your area. They eat other weeds but this is better for them. Y will have 2 pens in recovery stage at all times
  3. Farmergreen

    Farmergreen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2010
    I reread your post I may have miss read, if your just wanting them to stay in clip their wings.
  4. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    Fence the garden, especially if it is in the range where you do the suppervised roaming. Infact fencing every where you don't want them is a goo idea. Your fixing the over the top escapes so most of your problems will diminish. Oh and train the kidson your rules of free ranging them.
  5. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2011
    Amery, WI WI/MN border
    I purchased inexpensive bird netting and put it up over the top of y run ( 20 xo ft aprox. with a side area as well. I have it fenced about 4.5 ft tall, and then used plastic stripe ties to connect the bird netting to the fencing and side of coop.

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