Freeranging bantams?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cthrash1, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. cthrash1

    cthrash1 Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Somerset, KY
    So far we have no safety threats and 3 of my standards are freeranging, is it okay for bantams to freerange too? Most are almost 3 months old. Would like to allow them to be out of the pen in the daytime but have been afraid to.
  2. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    Their small enough that my neighbor's cats can make off w/ them so I don't anymore. I only let them out when I am home and watching.
  3. BantyHugger

    BantyHugger Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Mine are attached to the standards feet. If yours stay close to the standards all the time it would be Ok. Otherwise I'd worry about hawks.
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I always say, "Let the chickens free range, ......if you don't mind losing some."
  5. Julie08

    Julie08 Songster

    May 19, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    I free range my bantams, haven't lost one yet.
  6. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    ours are free ranging, because they came from a free range farm and went NUTS being in a run and tractor.

    they stay hidden pretty much and do great bug control!

    my cats ignore them and the bantams roost in trees at night.

    it will be one of those things you just have to decide. what works for you? and like mentioned above, there is always a possibility of someone getting carried off.

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