Staying out past dusk

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by KatieRice, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. KatieRice

    KatieRice Out Of The Brooder

    May 1, 2016
    Shaftsbury, VT
    I am heading out tonight, leaving around 6. I won't be home until after the sun goes down (around 830/9). Wondering if I should bring the chickens in before I go or after I get home.
  2. Elky

    Elky Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 13, 2016
    In the Chicken Run
    Put them in before you leave.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Depends on what kind of run you have and how predator proof it is.
    If you free range there's a much bigger risk.
  4. KatieRice

    KatieRice Out Of The Brooder

    May 1, 2016
    Shaftsbury, VT
    We ended up staying in. Our coop and run were just built this past weekend so we're still working to predator proof, so good idea on letting them in before we left.
  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    There is no doubt about it, with the darkness predators come out. I have lost a lot of hens, locking them up at 10:00!

    Currently, I have a fort knox, totally enclosed run coop. So I can get them in the run, lock up, and they go to coop when they are ready. They get up and come outside when they are ready. Somedays I do let them out to free range, but I am picky about which days it is, and the enclosed set up is big enough to keep them happy if not free- ranging.

    Works way better for my schedule. Works way better for reducing my losses.

    Mrs K

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