Semi-free ranging?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by magic maker, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. magic maker

    magic maker In the Brooder

    May 5, 2010
    My five young hens have a 10 x 10 run, but it is in a half acre chain link fenced yard. I would like to let them free range some during the day, but my husband is concerned they will fly over the fence. (He was totally opposed to getting "dirty chickens", but has grown very protective of "the girls".) [​IMG]

    Should I limit free range time to only when I can supervise?
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I would until you see how they react and you get comfortable with the idea. I don't know how high your fence is but they can probably get over it if they are properly motivated. Somearenatural roamers and somearenot. I don't know your predator situation so whether you let them free range with or without your being there is a personal decision.
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    You can certainly start with free ranging them only when you're there. Then you can see how it goes.
  4. GermanChick

    GermanChick Songster

    Apr 12, 2010
    NW Missouri
    I let my free range all day even when I am not home, but I guess it really is a personal decision. I would start to let them out when you can watch them and see how they are doing. The first couple of days they will probably stay pretty close to their coop but after they get a little bit more adventurous they surely could clear a regular height fence, which doesn't mean that they will.... some are just a little bit more curious than others.

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