How far will they free range?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MVchickens, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. MVchickens

    MVchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just checked on the mixed flock and there almost to the road. Thats nearly 1/4 of a mile from their coop......... how far will they go?
     
  2. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine never get on the HWY but they do roam over about 15 acres. We have 80 on this side of the road, but haven't ever seen them go clear to the other side.
     
  3. silvercat76

    silvercat76 Out Of The Brooder

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    How long have you had them? My flock doesn't roam that far, the most is down the driveway but I always push the back up I do t want to see them become a piece of road kill.
     
  4. MVchickens

    MVchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have had them since chicks. april 4, 2011 they hatched.
     
  5. silvercat76

    silvercat76 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hmm that's pretty far, maybe someone else will help answer this. I do know that they will return because of food, water an housing at night. what type of chickens?
     
  6. Uncle Marc

    Uncle Marc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahhh......the age old question about the chicken crossing the road arrives at BYC. I'm waiting for the definitive answer.
     
  7. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't seen mine go further than 100 yards. But can they ever hide.
     
  8. demerson

    demerson Out Of The Brooder

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    Well mine do at times cross the road - have only lost one - its about 50 yards to the road is all and it seems that they just learned a few weeks ago that there is some delicious stuff over there somewhere.
     
  9. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine just hang out around the coop/barn/house. They don't go far at all. Maybe 200 yards max.
     
  10. Junaleefarm

    Junaleefarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Most chickens won't go much further than where they could see there coop and feeders. We have had a few that venture a little farther. So a quarter mile flat when they could still look back and see familiar sights would not be out of the question.
     

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