Man those things like to range

laurenlulu

Songster
10 Years
Feb 5, 2009
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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?
 

EweSheep

Flock Mistress
13 Years
Jan 12, 2007
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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.
 

Imp

All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle
11 Years
Sep 7, 2008
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The Emerald City
My Coop
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.

Imp
 

ranchhand

Rest in Peace 1956-2011
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Aug 25, 2008
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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!
 

laurenlulu

Songster
10 Years
Feb 5, 2009
154
3
126
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!!
 

B. Saffles Farms

Mr. Yappy Chickenizer
11 Years
Nov 23, 2008
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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.
 

Chicktastic

In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 10, 2009
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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!!
 

Chicken03

Songster
10 Years
Mar 20, 2009
245
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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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