New member old question

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ChickenGuy01, Mar 5, 2016.

  1. Hi everybody. .
    About to enter the world of backyard chickens.I have a large fenced in back yard equally divided sun and shade with a good grass cover and even a patch of bamboo. . I have seen plans for coops that include a fenced "chicken wire" ha ha chicken run. My question being is can I for go the fenced chicken run and allow the chickens free range to scratch and forage in the backyard instead?? Thoughts please
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
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  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! You sure can let them free range but that does run the risk with predators that you may have in your area. There are pros and cons to free ranging. Also when you first get your birds you may need to pen them in so they know where there coop is to head back to on an evening. Here are some articles on free ranging ~

    I'm sure you will find them useful. Good luck with your plans and enjoy BYC :frow
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  4. The only predators could be or would be my lazy house cats.. Moles and mice are their main objectives. . I know them pretty well and they should be no problem. . What about possums? ?
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Everything loves to eat chickens. Possums, skunks, raccoons, fox, someone even reported a woodchuck killed her chicks. Then you have raptors that like to drop in for an easy meal. Is your yard fenced so they would stay within the boundaries?
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
  7. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 29, 2012
    Tyro-Lexington, NC
    Not to mention, most people don't have a clue as to what kind of predators are in the area until you put a nice tasty chicken dinner in your yard. Then all of those who were invisible before suddenly are out in the open in spades. Always plan for the worst kinds of predators when taking your chickens' safety into account because usually you will come across them in less time than you thought possible.
  8. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    [​IMG] - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  9. Just possums... Raptors also but too much activity in the yard that they would probably keep their distance. ... Yes yard is fenced to about five feet high..

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