question about free ranging

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LauraM, May 18, 2009.

  1. LauraM

    LauraM Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 7, 2009
    Everett, WA
    so we have been letting our chickens free range during the day for several weeks now. At night they (4 hens) are in their tractor. We want to go away for the weekend soon. We can't leave them out of the tractor for the weekend, but it feels so cruel to leave them locked up for a few days now. I was kind of wondering what other people with their free ranging chickens when they go away for a few days? Thanks!
  2. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    I don't but I live in deep woods where fox would have an all you can eat buffet if I did that.

    I think they would be fine for a couple days without getting out. It certainly won't kill them. Maybe have someone come by and let them out for an hour or so while you are gone and lock them back up when they leave.

    My hubby and I are going to the beach next weekend for a little R&R together and mine will be locked up till I get home. One thing for sure though...they will be super happy when you get home [​IMG]
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I have great neighbors that ask to watch my chickens. When I'm gone for any length of time I pay one of the neighbors.

    So to answer your question no change in routine needed here.

    Imp-I think the pets prefer I go out of town. They get off their diets.
    Last edited: May 18, 2009
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I have a fenced in chicken yard. I do have an electric fence/wire around the outside as I had a neighborhood mutt dig under the fence and kill one of my hens. I have some friends and neighbors who collect the eggs. My nest boxes are on the outside of my coop. There are pictures on my BYC Page.
  5. Big C

    Big C J & C Farms

    Dec 15, 2008
    Vernon Texas
    Move your tractor to a new place and keep them penned while your gone. They will be happy when you come back and on your regular schedule.

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