New family with a free grazing question.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by josh and trish, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. josh and trish

    josh and trish New Egg

    Mar 8, 2009
    Hello, my wife and I are new to Chickens. We have 15 hens. We are from Indiana. My wife was hesitant about getting the feathered creatures but we have had them for a few months and she loves them. She is even wanting to buy more pullets. I do have a question. I have a chicken coup but they have wore all the grass down to mud. I started letting them out to run the farm. Is there anything besides predators that I should worry about.
  2. colby318

    colby318 got 'dottes?

    Jul 14, 2008
    Stamping Ground, KY
    I haven't had a problem with them staying out too late. They know where home is and go back to the run around 3:00 when I come out with the veg scraps and leftover canned cat food. Have you tried playground sand in your run? It helps us with the mud problem. It's good for drainage into the earth and the girls eventually blend it in. We are on a clay base and drainage used to be an issue.

    Hope this helps.
    Colby in KY
  3. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    planet chicken
    nothing for me exept hawks! ooo i hate them.
  4. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
    I have flock that free ranges 24/7 I havent had any problems at all.
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 8, 2009
  5. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    [​IMG] from the great state of Kentucky!
    Cant wait to see pics of your chooks!
  6. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    [​IMG] from Kansas and [​IMG] Mine free range all the time. Your challenges will be:


    keeping them out of the garden/flower beds

    laying eggs wherever thay darn well please. Everytime I find a nest (more than one will lay in it) they move on me again. They are playing the hide and seek game with me. [​IMG]

    Fresh water

    Your time to chicken sit with them.

    I'm sure I missed something but here is a start.
    Will enjoy watching them free range. Good therapy![​IMG]
  7. n-da-woods

    n-da-woods Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    [​IMG] from NC [​IMG]
  8. pw_quiltworks

    pw_quiltworks One Handy Chick

    Jan 7, 2009
    From Old Town, Maine
  9. sussexgal

    sussexgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    The road.... 73 acres to wander on this side - they want to scratch up the patch of grass on the other side.
  10. Tom from Ditchingham

    Tom from Ditchingham Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 5, 2009
    Hi, mine were more than happy to forage around the garden (and my nieghbours too) but they would keep scrathing in the gravel path putting stones on the lawn. Well it was more than worth it to see them so happy!

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