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newchickenroost

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I am only going to free range my chickens when i am at home and can keep an eye on them, how can i get them to come back when i want them to?
 

Kelsie2290

Free Ranging
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Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Most chickens are pretty trainable using treats / food to get them to come back in to a run. Scratch is easy to use for that, just have a can that you shake and call them, they will get used to the noise / your call meaning scratch is going to be available and will come running. Start training them in the run, then let them out for a little bit right before bed time when they will normally come in anyhow, and pretty soon they will come from anywhere.
 

TwoCrows

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Welcome to BYC!

X2 on what Kelsie said. Just rattle a can of seeds, or their favorite bag of mealworms and they will come running.

Enjoy your babies and welcome to our flock!
 

sourland

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X 2 on what Kelsie suggests. Make a consistent sound when you feed them so that they become habituated to that sound and the appearance of feed. When you free range, let them out unfed, and then use the sound and feed to lure them back to their pen.
 

drumstick diva

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The way a chicken's heart is through their stomach - you don't even need to shake a can use a special call to announce you have something - Like Hey chicks or Treats, treats, just be consistent they learn fast.
 
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