New home for the chickens, need anwser soon.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Vermont Poultry, Oct 30, 2016.

  1. Vermont Poultry

    Vermont Poultry Out Of The Brooder

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    We are in the process of moving into a new home (about 20 minutes away), the chickens are already moved. Since they have been living in the same coop for a majority of their lives can I let them free range and expect them to return to the coop? We also have guineas which I know for a fact will run away in search for their old home, will chickens do the same?
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Not sure how long the chickens have been in their new location but I'd keep them coop and run confined for several days just to make sure. I think then you can safely let range and they'll return home. Good luck to you! :)
     
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    Usually a week will work. They need to know where to roost. Try letting them out the first time in the late afternoon, when you are going to be home. Then just before dark, check and make sure they made it in. A couple of nights like that, and I would not worry after that.

    However, a new place might have new predators. Just something to remember.

    Mrs K
     
  4. Vermont Poultry

    Vermont Poultry Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, the only difference in predators is more bears unfortunately. I will use your advice.
     

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