Keeping Chickens Free Range

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LadyBroody, Jun 15, 2014.

  1. Yes. I don't have a run. They go out just fine.
  2. andreanar

    andreanar Overrun With Chickens

    May 16, 2014
    Upstate NY

    Lol. Im so anxious for that first egg that I would move the entire garage searching! Haha, my girls are so sick of me stalking them that I think someone's gonna lay me an egg just to get rid of me!
  3. thechxwhisperer

    thechxwhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 2, 2014
    I free range my chickens and put them up at night. [​IMG]
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  4. vpatt

    vpatt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Now I have started worrying that if I let them out to range that the ones who are not laying yet will lay in the bushes instead of going back to the nest there any trick to getting the free rangers to lay in the nest. Earlier this week I thought it sounded so easy.....guess I needed something to worry about.[​IMG]
  5. vpatt

    vpatt Chillin' With My Peeps

    How do you teach them to use a nest box?
  6. hdbrat84

    hdbrat84 Out Of The Brooder

    May 9, 2014
    North Carolina
    I am not sure if I am going to free range I'm still on the fence but I am leaning towards it. We just bought this house and they had a 6 ft high chain link fence with a dog house in the middle with 3 hens and a guinea. So I aproned the outside of the fence with a strong chicken wire and buried it under the gates and I am building a 8 by 8 coop that is 2ft off the ground with hardware cloth over the windows. So I plan on locking them up in the coop at night and there are a lot of trees for cover too. I am going to get my chicks Saturday. What do you think?

    Should I leave them in the run or free range we have alot of fox around here I would be heart broken if they died!?
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2014
  7. chaneyschickens

    chaneyschickens Just Hatched

    Feb 27, 2014
    Justin, tx
    all about the free range here for our girls....
  8. hdbrat84

    hdbrat84 Out Of The Brooder

    May 9, 2014
    North Carolina
    Have you lost any? Do you live in the city?
  9. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler extrodinaire Premium Member

    Jul 11, 2014
    Orrock township, Minnesota
    If you cannot bear the idea of a chicken dying or being killed, it is best you never free range. There are some losses.

    I try to limit my losses by locking them up every night and not letting them out until it has been light for a couple hours.

    I want my chickens to live the life I would like, as a chicken. I know I would be safest never leaving my house, never driving, never seeing other people. Life would stink, but would be safe.

    The chickens in my idea are the same. I could keep them locked in a closed fence and coop, and they would live to the ripe old age of 3-4. OR I can let them out. Keep them as safe as possible and allow them to live a good life. That is why I free range. I would rather live a good life than a long life.

    Wow, I sound like a philosopher!
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  10. hdbrat84

    hdbrat84 Out Of The Brooder

    May 9, 2014
    North Carolina
    You do!! HAHAHA

    Thank you for your input I agree I am going to lock them up at night and let them free range in the day. And well..hope for the best.

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