Free ranging

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I let my chickens go full free range today instead of putting them in a larger space. After about 40 minutes they went back into the small coop. Is this normal for chickens?
 

HomesteaderWife

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Free ranging exposes them to possible predators, so please be careful! If they're not comfortable with this, it'll take time. Do you have a rooster to help watch out for them?
 

EggSighted4Life

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I let my chickens go full free range today instead of putting them in a larger space. After about 40 minutes they went back into the small coop. Is this normal for chickens?
Success, your chickens are homed! :celebrate

They're creatures of habit. As they become more familiar with their new territory they will start to explore farther and wider. They may eventually find a place they really like hanging out. There's a few places on my property that they move through during different times of day depending on lighting, cloud cover, shade, etc.

Glad your first free ranging went well. :)
 

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