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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JerryC999, May 28, 2016.

  1. JerryC999

    JerryC999 Out Of The Brooder

    May 28, 2016
    We are on 5 acres in KY, now with 7 chickens in a 8x10 coop and 8x16' attached run. Now to figure out how to do this. It has been fun already.

    We started with baby chicks in April. Now they are out in the coop. I would like to be able to let the chickens out to free roam during the daytime hours. I look forward to conversations here.
  2. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2015
    McVeytown PA
    :welcome to BYC I am glad you could join us, if you need any help along the way in the chicken world of craziness I am always here and many others that would love to help.
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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

    Glad you could join us here! Congratulations on getting your chicken adventures started :clap
    Free ranging can be great for keeping your birds entertained, mine love to be out and about. In general wrecking my garden! It can come with pit falls, mainly predators. Do you have any in your area? They are always something to consider when letting your birds out. Here is a good read on free ranging ~
    Hope you find it helpful.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Jerry and welcome to BYC - glad to have you join us.

    I free range my flock, and whilst i do suffer the rare loss now and again, i feel its worth it. You may also wish to check out the "predators and pests" forum to see what people do to deter the likely list of critters that you have in your area.

    All the best
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Jerry, Welcome to Backyard chickens. Some folks free range, other do not. If you are in a high predator area I would suggest keeping them in a safe, secure, enclosed run with top. If you can accept loses to predators (hopefully not often) you can free range them. Chickens can be content with either life style.
  7. 7littlegirls

    7littlegirls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2015
    Long Island NY
    Hi! :frow welcome to BYC!
  8. JerryC999

    JerryC999 Out Of The Brooder

    May 28, 2016
    Yes, we have predators of most kinds, except wolves. the coop and run is pretty safe, I think. We also have a great Pyrenees to discourage them, But she does not tend to stay out at night. Perhaps daytime hawks would be our biggest threat?

    So, in the daytime we hope to let them roam. Do we need to clip their wings? Will they not come in at night? we have a light in the coop till 10 pm to encourage them to come in.
    Last edited: May 29, 2016
  9. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2015
    McVeytown PA
    Are they fully grown I have a few that are a few months old and they go in just fine. And I wouldn't clip there wings if you are going to let them out cause then if something is after them they can't fly. So I wouldn't clip wings. And as long as you have a light on they shouldn go in

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