I want to pasture my chickens...nervous

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chanty, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. chanty

    chanty Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 5 new chickens, 3 chantys, 11 weeks old and 2 red bovans, 20 weeks old and they are at each other in their 10 by 25 foot run. Also, it is getting a little picked over. So, I want to put them out on the pasture (tall un-kept field of tall, grass and weeds) but we are next to a road and large woods and no fence. My chicken tractor is almost done but I thought they might like to forage and roam a bit outside of a cage. I am very nervous about doing this because of taking off and predators. Will they stay around the house? I am not always out there with them. The two older girls have only been here for 3 days and the youngsters have been her about 3 weeks. Do you think it would be safe?
     
  2. mjuenem

    mjuenem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes the will stay around, yes they will love it, yes you will lose some if not all eventually.
     
  3. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    The best way to keep free range chickens is to keep their area clean of tall grassed and weeds and keep place for them to run under cover.
    I keep my woods clean and pastures cut this allows the birds to see if something is coming and are able to get away
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    I rely on my dogs to keep things safe and they do their job very well.
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