how much exercise do chickens need?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jane, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. jane

    jane In the Brooder

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    Since the predator attack when 2 of my three girls were killed during the day, I have only been letting my remaining hen out when I am around in the garden. This is not always a long time as I have a job and 2 kids! otherwise she is in a smallish coop. We are going to build a bigger coop with more of a run for her and the new girls, but meanwhile, how much free ranging is enough to keep her healthy and happy?
     
  2. Pringle_Sussex

    Pringle_Sussex Songster

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    chickens to sustain a healthy weight need to free range for more than an hour a day... be challenged with tough dirt to scratch at, keep their senses alert with birds that like to swoop them and also if possible... create a obsticle course with sticks used as hurdles and get your chickens to run the course 5 times in a row


    [​IMG].... i wasn't being serious....
    But to tell the truth i have created a couple of years ago a little hurdles obsticle course... i need to make it up again and video it lol
     
  3. jkm

    jkm Songster

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    my four backyard birds seem to need at least an hour a day if the sun is shining, today the sun was really nice and they got an hour, I went for errands, came back and they got three hours.
    on a shady day, 45 minutes is enough.

    a minimun seems to be an hour a day , or every other day.
    they run to the birdfeeder, the compost bin and the spot in the sun for a dust bath.
    the need for the dust bath seems to be very important..high value after a rainy day in the covered run.
     
  4. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    could you put something in hte yard that would provide good cover and make you feel safer? i have a pile of branches from yard work piled up together and it makes a good hiding place for hte birds that don't fly. good luck
     

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