- Aug 29, 2011
Hello, I am new at this. about 5 months ago I got some baby chicks with intensions of them being free range all the time except for at night they have a good coop I built them to keep them safe. I have left them out from the morning time when I leave work until dusk when the go back into the coop. I have had 0 issues, not one loss or injury up into about 4 weeks ago. I lost 2 chickens in two days no sign of them just a pile of feathers. Because of this I decided to let them out only when I get home from work. Everything was fine for a few days but now every time I turn my back for 2 seconds one of them gets attacked. I cannot let my guard down at all while they are out. The other day I just ran to the store and took no longer than 10 minutes. When I got back I found one of my chickens had been attacked (missing all its back feathers). Now I feel like I can let them out at all and this defeats the purpose of me wanting chickens. I wanted free range chickens not chickens that stay in a coop all day. Is this a normal thing that most chicken owners that free range go through? Is there any tricks of the trade? I am starting to feel like this hobby of mine is going down the drain.