How old do my chickens have to be for them to be abile to roam free?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickenlover286, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. chickenlover286

    chickenlover286 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 5 buff orpingtons, 8 guineas, and 3 rhode island reds and i want to know when is a good time to start letting them roam free? any suggestions, oppinions, bewares? [​IMG]
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    How common are predators in your area? Do you have plenty of hiding spots for them? Do you have a LGD?
     
  3. chickenlover286

    chickenlover286 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have no idea what an LGD is, yes we have tons of hawk/eagle like things, bears, and coyotes and in trees?
     
  4. galefrances

    galefrances Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. MamaRudey

    MamaRudey Chillin' With My Peeps

    You never said how old they where or did I just miss it?
     
  6. Nathan Sampson

    Nathan Sampson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started letting my first batch out when they had all there feathers not sure why just when I felt safe letting them out.
     
  7. chickenlover286

    chickenlover286 Out Of The Brooder

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    they are about 5 months and 3 of them are 3 or 4
     
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    They are old enough to free range, but do watch out for predators. I've lost quite a few chickens to predators and I found good fences helps. And I trap if things get out of hand, but hopefully you won't need that.
     

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