How long until I can turn loose in the run?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by hilltop ranch, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. hilltop ranch

    hilltop ranch Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got my first chickens/ducks today and put them in the coop when I got home to let them get used to it. How long should I make them stay in there before letting them out into the run?
     
  2. jcbenton

    jcbenton New Egg

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    I'm not sure about ducks but I have heard you should keep chickens in the coop for two weeks, that way they know it's their home then you can turn them out into then run.
     
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    I'm not familiar with ducks either, but if the run is attached, you could let the chickens out right away.
     
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  4. hilltop ranch

    hilltop ranch Out Of The Brooder

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    ok, thanks. So, it would be fine to let them into the run just not out into the yard to forage?
     
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Since my run is attached, that's what I do. I give it a couple of weeks before I let them free range.

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