How many of you let your chickens free range in the wintertime?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Sarahbethk, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. Sarahbethk

    Sarahbethk Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 14, 2010
    Just curious.
  2. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    We keep our breeding birds seperated, but all the others are free range all year. They do have a coop that they sleep in at night, but are free to come and go as they please otherwise.
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    All of my birds free range, all year round. That's every one from my 32 month old LF brahmas to the tiny 27 week old silkies, to the 8 and 9 lb. meaties.
    It's my opinion that fresh air and sunshine (when we get it) is essential to every living creature.
    Like farmboy, my birds are locked in predator-proof coops at night.
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2010
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    My flock ranges freely, but return to their coops at night. The young chickens only roam around the back yard, but the adults go all over the acre owned by my landlady; I have her permission for this. As the birds mature and get more confident, they will venture out into the front yard and further.

    They do this unsupervised, even when I am at work. There is a lot of cover, with trees in my back yard and between my yard and the landlady's back yard.
  5. Delta2 23

    Delta2 23 Flock Master

    Sep 4, 2008
    My chickens are all free range, year round - they mostly stay in the garden, where they're meant to, and all we have to do is feed them because when it starts to get dark they automatically return to their coop, and we don't even need to go close it because we don't get predators around here [​IMG]
  6. aduplantis

    aduplantis Out Of The Brooder

    May 25, 2010
    My chickens free range all day year round and go back to their coop in the evening. I have never had a problem with a predator, but I do close the door once they are all in the coop. My husband opens the door when he leaves for work. They are as happy and healthy as can be. [​IMG]
  7. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    My large breed flock free ranges everyday. Unless they choose not to. My silkies free range with supervision as I have a stream that runs thru the property and if they got into it they would drown. It is only about a foot deep but fast moving. They have a large run to go in and do every day.
  8. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    mine do - but when it snows they won't leave the coop.
  9. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    so you don't limit them in the winter? summer and fall mine freerange, but was thinking as it gets colder maybe limiting their free range time would be safer for them?
  10. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    I don't limit mine at all in the winter - they still free range all day every day. They're much more cold tolerant than we are!

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