New to the coop

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chikchikchicken, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. chikchikchicken

    chikchikchicken Hatching

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    Hi
    I'm new to the Hen house...reading the rules.. I have been checking out this site for several weeks now. There is a lot of really good information here and I have learned a number of things already. I look forward to being a part of this community so that I can enjoy and keep safe my happy and healthy chickens.
    I am looking for information about introducing my flock to free range during the day..but I leave for work before dark so I want to be able to lock them back into the run in the afternoon...is that going to be a big problem?
    Also...as I prepare to do this I understand that I will release them several times just before dark, so they will come in easily. I wondered ..do I turn out the whole flock or just the Roo and a hen or two?

    Thanks in advance for your help,
    Shahroo and the chikchikchickens
     
  2. Mourningdove

    Mourningdove Songster

    Dec 17, 2008
    Cleveland, Tn.
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  3. Southern Chickens

    Southern Chickens Songster

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    To your questions, I would turn them all out. The rooster is the protector of the flock, he needs to be with them. I would try to feed a treat when you bring them in and maybe call them. That way you can try to train them to the call or they will think they are getting goodies and come running.
     
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  4. michelle1017

    michelle1017 Goat Mama

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  5. Buckwheat

    Buckwheat In the Brooder

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  6. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

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  7. highcountrychickens

    highcountrychickens Head Rooster Jouster

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    About your free-range question... if you leave before dark, do you get home relatively early?

    I'm asking mainly because a flock turned out with no protective fencing when nobody is around will eventually be affected by predators. If you get home early because you leave early, perhaps they can be out when you get home.

    I know some folks are lucky - and it depends a bit on where you live, etc. But maybe a tractor is a happy medium to look into.

    Good luck and Welcome!!
     
  8. NGT ANGL

    NGT ANGL Songster

    Apr 2, 2009
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  9. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

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  10. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Songster

    Apr 8, 2009
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    [​IMG] from UT! Glad that you joined us!
     

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