How early do you let your chickens out?

logansmommy7

Songster
10 Years
May 15, 2009
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Some mornings, especially in the summer when the kids don't go to school, it might be after 7 or 8 when I let them out. Do they HAVE to be out super early?
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Imp

All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle
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Sep 7, 2008
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Mine get let out when I get to it or they start getting noisy. Usually around 7-8am. Sometimes in the summer it's at dawn (5am), so they don't wake the neighbors. Sometimes in the winter it's 2 hours before dawn, when I leave for work.

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basicliving

Keepin' the sunny side up
11 Years
Mar 20, 2008
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Shenandoah Valley, VA
You don't HAVE to let them out at the crack of dawn. They'll be fine later in the morning. I let mine out anytime between 5:30AM and 8AM, depending on what I've got going on and how distracted I get before I get to them.
 

gocrow77

Crow's Nest
10 Years
May 13, 2009
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Sometimes if I am not going to be around the house that day I don't let mine out at all, but I have a big coop that I can open the sides up for lots of fresh air and they free range - so no run. I let them out whenever I feel I will be home the rest of the day and can see them shut up tight in the coop at dark. Most days I am at home ( I'm a SAHM ) so they range usually from 9:00 Am til they return to the coop around 7:00 PM - plenty of time outta the coop.
 

chic071

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jun 6, 2009
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I let my out of the coop into a fenced in yard when i get up for work at 6am and let them free range on farm when I get home at 6 pm.
 

Autumn Mama

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Mar 15, 2009
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My DH lets them out when he leaves for work, so around 6 am to 7:30 am, depending upon the day. I am a night owl rather than an early rooster, er, I mean early riser.
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so if it were up to me, the poor things would be really loudly protesting being inside!

When they are let out later, they seem to be fine with it...
 
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