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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by robert2959, Feb 1, 2016.

  1. robert2959

    robert2959 New Egg

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    Just got my chickens last week, and wanted to 'free range' them. How long should I keep them in the coop before turning them out?
     
  2. Adamschickfarm

    Adamschickfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I would suggest you keep them in the coop until they start laying
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    If you turn them loose now to free range, they may lay their eggs over all the country and dare you to find them. I would confine them to coop and run until they start laying again and hopefully in the nest boxes you provide.
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on Adamschickfarm and drumstick diva; keep them in the coop until they start laying in the nest boxes. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
     
  5. Paganrose

    Paganrose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC!

    How old are your chickens? Are they chicks, laying, or close to laying?

    I agree they will need to stay in the coop to know where to lay, and to know where home is. I always kept new birds in the coop for at least a 4-7 days before letting them range.
     
  6. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. I usually keep new birds in the coop for 48 hours before letting them faff around in the garden - it works for me and i've only had one chicken lay outside the nest boxes (and I hatched her!). Everybody's experiences are different, so id suggest reading and then thinking about what may suit you best.

    All the best
    CT
     
  7. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Thanks for joining us, it's nice to have you here!
     
  8. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft! Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
     
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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