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How long till first attempt at free range?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by GSPx2, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. GSPx2

    GSPx2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    New Jersey
    How long should I wait till I try the first free range?
  2. americana-lover

    americana-lover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2012
    I let my girls free range for the first time when they were about 2 months old. I watched them carefully, so they wouldn't get in any trouble, and soon I didn't even need to watch them. But for their first time free ranging, I would just check up on them every once in a while.
  3. OldRedChicken

    OldRedChicken Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 15, 2013
    I let my 3 roosters start free ranging at about 2 months. maybe even less. we first would bring them into a fence in the yard just to be outside when there were about a month old.
  4. GSPx2

    GSPx2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    New Jersey
    Thanks for the replies. What about a new hen roughly 5 or 6 months old? How long till she should be able to free range?
  5. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2008
    You can free-range a bird that's fully feathered as long as it knows where "home" is no matter how old they are. As long as the birds have been locked into the coop for long enough to associate it with home (3 days to a week), they'll come back at night. That's really the only hurdle you have to face. If you're nervous about it, let them out an hour before dusk for the first few nights so that they can't get too far away from the coop before it's time for them to head in. You may have one or two not get it at first, but if you go find them and put them in the coop for a night or two, they'll go in by themselves after that.
  6. Smithyard Farm

    Smithyard Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2012
    Pembroke NH
    plus.. you can let one out, and she will stay close to the others that are still in the pen. do that for the first day. then when you let the others out, they will stick with her til they get used to the area.

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