Free Ranging

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by EGGHEADnNC, May 3, 2008.

  1. EGGHEADnNC

    EGGHEADnNC New Egg

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    Should i let my chickens out of the coop during the day ? When i first brought them home i was getting eggs everyday now i am getting none. Also is a roosting pole a necessity ? Any help would be greatly appreciated >
     
  2. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Free-ranging is a personal choice. I would love to turn mine out all day every day. BUT they have a tendency to go visit the neighbors not to mention dogs, coyotes, hawks and psychoctic children in the neighborhood. I turn them out when I am home and can have a "chicken round-up" if need be.

    I think roosting poles are necessary as chickens naturally roost. If you don't give them one, they will find something to use.
     
  3. EGGHEADnNC

    EGGHEADnNC New Egg

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    Thank you coyotemagic i am lost right now . but i will get a handle on this egg business .
     
  4. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here, we assume our flocks will be decimated by predators so we've constructed a large run. A chicken tractor is another possibility (check coop and run design). There used to be free-rangers here, but all that's left is some lonely roosters.[​IMG]
     
  5. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Maine
    How long have you had them?
    Do they have an outdoor run?
    Is there enough space in their coop?

    Yes I think they should have something or somethings to roost on they will naturally look for a roost. [​IMG]
     

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