How long to hold new birds?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jgconnor, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. jgconnor

    jgconnor Out Of The Brooder

    When it comes time to bring them home, how long should we keep them in the coop/yard before we turn them out to free range?

    Thanks so much for putting up with my "20 questions". I'm excited about getting chickens and am doing a LOT of reading and studying.
  2. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2010
    Southern Illinois
    So, can you explain coop/yard? Do you have a coop that has a run attached so they can come and go as they want? If that's your set-up, I'd say no more than a week and they will be used to it. Then you can open them up to free range. Personally, the first day or so of "free ranging" I let them out just an hour or so before they are generally going in the coop. That keeps them from initially getting to far away.

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