Hey there! from a small town in Ohio!


Aug 2, 2016
I am new on BYC. I have been creeping this site for a few weeks and have found tons of good stuff! I am a new flock owner as of June 6. I have 2 ISA Browns, 2 Barred Rock, and 4 RIR. They are coming upon 10 weeks old. I am having the time of my life with them. LOL

They have a decent sized coop and run, but I would love to see them free-range. Call me "chicken little" but I'm concerned about them coming back into their coop/run. They do go into their coop every evening at dusk on their own, but will they still do so if I allow them to free-range.

Also, the neighbor has cats. Would my chickens be able to protect themselves?


Mar 20, 2012
Hi and

It sounds like they've already learned that the coop is their home, so it shouldn't be a problem. If you want to make sure, you can throw a little scratch or another treat in the run when you want them to go back inside until they've definitely established the habit.

Cat's aren't usually a problem for older, standard size chickens, but they can be a problem for very small chickens and growing chicks. You have some larger breeds, so when they are adults, you shouldn't have to worry about it. However, they might pose a larger threat now, so you will want to be a little more careful than when they're older and will be able to defend themselves better.

Thanks for joining us and good luck!
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