Keulie

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My daughter really really wanted us to get chickens, and had done for about five years, so finally bit the bullet and converted an old wooden playhouse into a coop during lockdown. We now have three rehomed ex battery hens, Belle, Hazel and Blondie. They have settled in fine and are all laying regularly (4 days in!)
Any helpful advice on the following?
1. Dryness/cleanliness of the run.
2. When is it safe/ok/sensible to let them out into the (reasonable sized) garden
3. Advice on wing clipping. Everybody round here has dogs and don't want them to free range then escape and get chased. Garden fenced about five feet high.
 

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Hello, congrats on the new flock! If you clip wings, they won't be able to escape ground predators (like the dogs) very well. I also would encourage you to raise the height of the fence and stay out with the flock while they are wandering around your garden.

Best wishes!
 

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Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

You may need to use a roof to keep the run dry. After they have slept in the coop a few nights, they will learn where it's safe to be and will return to it. So you can let them out when you think they are ready. Wing clipping is never advised for free ranging birds. Should they need to escape a hawk, dog, bobcat, etc.... they won't be able to get away without fully functioning flight feathers.

Enjoy your new babies! :jumpy And welcome to our community!
 

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