The downside to free range

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Chicken Mama15, Jun 11, 2016.

  1. Chicken Mama15

    Chicken Mama15 Out Of The Brooder

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    I lost two of my new spring checks today one was an Easter egger named Goldie and there was a Barock I hadn't even got a band on her and she looks so much like her sisters that I didn't have a name yet I'm sure predator got Goldie but I couldn't find any marks on the other one they weren't even there anything just goalie had a bite mark it makes me very sad but I'd rather them have free range of the 8 acres and have a happy life then have to keep them caged up [​IMG] Goldie on a happier day
     
  2. OurFirstLadies

    OurFirstLadies Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new to chickens just these last two months but already had Maremma Sheepdogs because a pack of coyotes had made a buffet of my rescued feral cats a couple of years ago. I can't tell you how impressed I've been with the instincts of my maremmas with their new duties! I am free ranging (supervised) my 2-3 month old chicks with my 2 year old and 5 mos old maremmas and they have so far chased off two hawks that think I've put these chickens out for their benefit![​IMG]
     
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  3. Howard E

    Howard E Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mama:

    Have you considered an electric fence? Maybe not to keep the birds in but to keep the varmints out? Some might make it past that, but will pay the price when they try.

    Maybe a 2 to 3 acre sanctuary?
     
  4. Chicken Mama15

    Chicken Mama15 Out Of The Brooder

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    when I put the chickens to bed I noticed one of the chickens had a bite do any of you know how to take care of chickens with a bite the feathers on her bottom are missing and she has two puncture holes on your side near her rear end help please
     
  5. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Make sure the chicken isn't getting pecked and picked on by the other chickens. Some neosporin (be sure and use the type with NO pain relief ingredient in it!!!) applied may help prevent infection. You may need to put her in quarantine so that the other chickens don't start pecking her wounds.

    Best wishes,
    Ed
     
  6. jacobhawaiifarm

    jacobhawaiifarm Just Hatched

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    Free range is great but i would recommend you make a 10x10 movable cage
    They are essentially caged but i move they everyday to another location.

    so they are kind of caged/free range chickens.
     
  7. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't have to keep them caged up. You can build a huge pen on 8 acres that would be almost the same as free ranging.
     
  8. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    For what it is worth, a free range chicken will forage on up to about 25 acres of land if that chicken has access to that much territory and needs the food that free ranging brings. But every morsel of food that you feed your chickens reduces the need for those chickens to forage this freely. So in reality no chicken that is fed can ever be considered 100% free range chickens.
     
  9. jacobhawaiifarm

    jacobhawaiifarm Just Hatched

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    I guess every chicken grower needs to find the right balance
    to keep the chicken safe but also keep it free-range.

    For me...i like to keep it cage but move the coop daily

    I guess for me my thought it keep moving it so they are clean
    and they are not covered in poop like those commercial chicken farm.

    feel bad for those chickens....
     
  10. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    according to the USDA .. free ranging means "access to the outside" and that's about it..[​IMG]

    other places

    the chickens must have access to the outside with sunlight and dirt + need to be a certain sq ft per bird
     

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