Man those things like to range

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by laurenlulu, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. laurenlulu

    laurenlulu Songster

    Feb 5, 2009
    I was given hens 4-5 days ago, and I let them out to free range for the first time today. They took off! They're about 1/4 mile away right now, all over my (not so nice) neighbor's woods. I dont know why I thought they would stay in my yard...

    They will come back, right?
  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Should have kept them in their coop for at least a week. Will they come back? They may or may not. For that distance, I never had chickens forgaging that far.
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    No personal experience here, but most recomend that you keep chickens locked up for 2-4 weeks. So they will regard their new coop as home. Good Luck.

  4. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks Songster

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    You might want to try to round up your chickens. That's an awful long way from a coop that they've only known for 4-5 days. Got a big fish net?
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Sounds like it's time for a hike! Get some scratch, bread, lettuce, whatever you have- and go after them. Lead them back home with food and then confine them for a week or so.

    You have to lead with the food and herd them from behind- it really helps if you can round up a helper! I do it alone, with a long stick from behind to shoo them and running in front with treats in between.

    Good luck, hope the neighbor doesn't see!
  6. laurenlulu

    laurenlulu Songster

    Feb 5, 2009
    well, magically at dusk they all hopped into their coop and settled in on their perch. I guess they're just used to a lot of space. That is wild- they ranged ALL OVER today. Right when it started getting dark I saw them single file walking towards the coop

    I actually have a fence that seperates my yard from the neighbors- I should go ahead and fix it now, huh!!
  7. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Hey Lauren, I only keep my new birds that Im gonna free range up for about 3 or 4 days, but I only let one out a day untill I get them all out. Havent had any trouble with them going to far. [​IMG]
  8. Crazy_For_Chickens

    Crazy_For_Chickens Songster

    Nov 18, 2008
    I'm glad they came back!!! That was a pretty good story of how people can learn from their expiriences!!! [​IMG]
  9. Chicktastic

    Chicktastic In the Brooder

    Mar 10, 2009
    Chapel Hill, NC
    I'd lock them up for a little bit. Tonight may have been luck.

    It will be a pain but it is much more of a pain if they pick another roosting spot, believe me!!
  10. Chicken03

    Chicken03 Songster

    Mar 20, 2009
    Western Pa
    Keep them confined for a few days. Let them out a couple at a time and see what they do. If they continue to range out that far you might have to put up fences.

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