How old before allowing chicks free range?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by feltingfrenzy, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. feltingfrenzy

    feltingfrenzy Chirping

    Aug 6, 2012
    My Barred Rock and Silver Laced Wyandottes are now 6-weeks old, and they have been in the coop and adjoining covered day yard for 3 weeks. When can I let them out to free range with expectations that they will return to the coop to roost around dusk?

    Thanks in advance,

    Nan in VA

  2. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Songster

    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    I would assume that if they have been sleeping in the coop for three weeks now that they think of it as home already. If it were me I would let me out about an hour or so before they go to bed and supervise them that way they can have a little adventure and you can make sure they make good choices.

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