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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kipenei, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. kipenei

    kipenei Hatching

    Apr 7, 2009
    Hi All,
    Family is thinking about raising some chickens for eggs. We live in the country, at least what you could call country 30 miles from Baltimore. Let's say it is relative.
    Anyway, we have two acres and local zoning does not put any restrictions on our endavour.
    Concerned about our neighbors. One couple, is kind of uptight, and should really be living in a gated community with bylaws at thick as the phonebook. But here they are complaining about dogs barking, and gunshots. Tested the water with them and it was as predicted.
    The other neighbors hunt deer and bird.

    So my question is: will I have any chance of keeping the chickens relatively close to the coop and should I prepare myself with fencing so they won't go of property.
    Is there any chance of letting them roam around during the day (close to the coop) and have them in at night?
    What is the normal roaming range for chickens? Is it breed specific?

    Do chickens roam through the woods if they get a chance or do they stay out in the open?

    Thank in advance.

  2. gpamela3499

    gpamela3499 Songster

    Feb 26, 2009
    Near San Fran Ca

    I am not sure but you came to the right place.

  3. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
  4. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY

    You'll need to fence them. Not sure of the normal roaming range but mine tend to keep going as long as cover isn't too far off. My hens don't venture but maybe 5 feet into the woods, and the woodsline is only 50 feet from their coop.

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