How far from the coop do chickens go?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by la dee da, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. la dee da

    la dee da Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2008
    I have read that they will not go very far from the coop...but the opinion on "far" varies from 40ft. to 200 yards so I'm a bit more then a little confused.
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Some days mine don't travel far. Yesterday they always stayed where I could see them if I was standing in front of their coop. Others day they go pretty far. I've found them as far as the southern property line, which is approx. 5 acres away. [​IMG]
  3. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    In my experience, they go as far as natural boundaries (like ditches/streams, roads) and prefer to stay where there is a close place to hide (like under pine trees or bushes).
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    I have ducks and I can't get them to leave the darn pen!!!
  5. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    At first, mine didn't stray far from the coop at all. They just hung around going no farther than 15 or 20 feet away from it. Now they pretty much go where they want, with no regards for how far they stray from the coop. They all used to kind of stick together also and now they aren't doing that either. They just go where they want. Sometimes in two's or three's and sometimes by themselves (which worries me). I guess it just depends how much room they have to roam.
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If I hadn't put up my perimeter fence on part of my acreage, I know at least two of mine would travel the neighborhood, LOL. Usually, the rest go maybe 300 ft from the coop.
  7. la dee da

    la dee da Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2008
    Thank you for your promt replies, I feel much better about making their runs as large as I can (without waisting money or space).
  8. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    When all I had were RSLs, they would wander north to the back fence of the horse paddocks -- a little less than 100 yards from the coop. To the south, they wouldn't wander quite so far -- only to the south side of the house -- and would usually stay close to the house when they were down that far. Occasionally if someone was at the playset they'd feel secure enough to go that far.

    Now that I have a larger flock that includes a roo, I frequently see them all wandering past the playset and strolling through the grass between the east and west fences. If I put some food, water, and shelter down there they'd probably explore the full 5 acres on a regular basis. Now they're stopping about 200' ft shy of the south property line.

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