Question about free range

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by liddylou92, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. liddylou92

    liddylou92 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 6, 2016
    Sorry if this is in the wrong section- I figured it did have something to do with chicken behavior.

    We have 45 chickens. Attached to the coop we have a fenced area that is uncovered. It's a fairly big yard for them but of course they enjoy jumping over the fence. I'm thinking about taking the fence down and allowing them to free range our yard. They would have about 1/2 acre to roam. If we did this how likely would it be that they would stay in that area or would they typically travel further?

    I guess what I'm asking really how far away from the coop do chickens typically free range?


  2. lcertuche

    lcertuche Chillin' With My Peeps

    My chickens free-range during the day and go back to their coop come night. They hang around waiting for me to give them scraps and a handful or two of scratch. I lock them in at night. Even the youngest 4-weeks old follow the rest of the flock into the coup. I guess I have got long-winded but chickens are smart and creatures of habit. If they know where their roost is they will come home. My chickens roam far and wide but still come home. If I don't see them I just call for them and they come running (literally).
  3. SueT

    SueT Overrun With Chickens

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO
    We free range ours (we have only 4) and I'd say they naturally stay in about half an acre. We have 60 acres but they stay close to home, and rarely go into the dirt road, which is close to our house. They circle around this area many times during the day, and hang out under a big hedge for hours at a time.
  4. cec330

    cec330 New Egg

    Apr 6, 2016
    I have 10 chickens they free range, I have 1.5 acres of yard for them to roam 1/3 of an acre is fenced in but they won't stay in the fenced part but never leave my property

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