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Is there a purpose behind closed coop or free range

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by devin mctaggart, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. devin mctaggart

    devin mctaggart In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2012
    My husband and I are new at the chicken farm we are putting together and we r talkin about enlarging the chicken house for mOre chickens. But what our question is
    Is there a purpose behind the free to enclosure. Like for eggs its best to free range but if you are going to eat them then enclosure is better??

  2. Clay Mudd

    Clay Mudd Songster

    Mar 28, 2011
    South MS swamps
    It's more a matter of tradeoffs. Free ranging, they get better nutrition, more exercise, fresher air, and don't concentrate as much manure in the coop. But they're also more exposed to predators.
  3. Kaitie09

    Kaitie09 Songster

    May 28, 2009
    South Central, PA
    Mine have to be in an enclosed coop because my dogs will eat them. We also don't have a fence, so they would be off into the neighbors yard if given the chance. I would love to free range though, the chickens seem to be more stimulated than when they are just in the run.

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