Man those things like to range

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

  1. laurenlulu

    laurenlulu Chillin' With My Peeps

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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?
     
  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    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.

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  4. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

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    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

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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!
     
  6. laurenlulu

    laurenlulu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    Chicktastic Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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