Letting them out?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by polishchickens111, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. polishchickens111

    polishchickens111 Songster

    Jun 1, 2011
    Over there
    I am wondering if I could let my birds ferr range when I'm out during the day. No one is home from 8:00-7:30ish. My family insists that they can be out safely, but we have hawks and neighborhood dogs that will attack them the second no one is watching them. Plus, our own dog isn't too friendly with them either. And while we live in a quiet neighborhood, our yard isn't fenced and are bordered by roads on two sides. And I don't want them in the neighbor's yard. My family is being insistant that they go out though. THEY SHOULD STAY IN!!! I told them this and they don't listen.

  2. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Songster

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    Sounds like where I live. Honestly I would keep them in just to keep them safe.[​IMG] I take my girls out in a huge dog wire crate with no bottom and let them hangout in the grass. They looove it![​IMG] Sorry if Im not too much help... [​IMG]
  3. flnatv

    flnatv Songster

    Apr 7, 2011
    West Tennessee
    I wouldn't leave a Polish out all day... they have enough trouble seeing anyway...
    I think it would be a disaster.
  4. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    I wouldn't let them out.
  5. Bengalcats1

    Bengalcats1 Songster

    Apr 29, 2011
    Yea you can but you take great chances of losing some, hawks, dogs, whatever you have will be all over them. I let mine out here and there and once in a while I notice someone missing [​IMG].....some people just take the risk. I think they'd be safer if there is a lot of hiding places they can go BUT dogs will get them no matter what. If you want to be totally sure they are safe then you Can't let them out.
  6. Niss

    Niss Songster

    Apr 29, 2011
    It's a risk. I thought we were prepared to take it (considering one of the main reasons we got the birds is to eat bugs). However, in one morning we lost 9 birds to a neighbor's dog. The solution for us was doubling the run size and keeping them in through the week.

    Let me add they still have their run of the place on weekends and if they were better behaived I'd allow them out in the evenings too.
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2011
  7. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    A chicken tractor or two with skirting sounds like the way to go. Otherwise run electric fence and take your chances with the hawks.
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2011

  8. akcharlie1960

    akcharlie1960 Songster

    Aug 23, 2010
    Chugiak, Alaska
    I second the tractor. Good and sturdy.
  9. tuckertori

    tuckertori In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2011
    I only have 3 girls so I can't imagine putting them at risk! My yard is secure from dogs. They would have to go through the fence and we do not have dogs running free. However, we do have hawks and an occassional eagle. We let our girls out when we are in the yard and/or our 2 dogs are out. They spend most of their time in the beds on the perimeter of the yard, so are under cover. I do like the idea of a tractor if you want them out a lot when you can't be with them, especially if your land is not fenced.
  10. louclare

    louclare In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2011
    if you have no fence, i would keep them in. knowing our chicks, pretty soon they would be out of our yard... [​IMG]

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