to continue with 'free-ranging' over winter or bring them closer home?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by spish, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    my chickens (all 80 of them) free range round our local area...its just fields and no traffic so a great 'play' area for them. the winter is drawing in fast here and ive been reading here on byc that people dont let their birds free range over winter...why is this? increased threat of predators? shorter days? fear of birds wandering too far?


    i would like to know do i need to erect a fence to keep them confined around their houses over winter or can they continue to free range?
     
  2. buildingmyark

    buildingmyark Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a good question... One of mine went missing today and half of the others were hiding in the edge of the woods. I offered them treats to try to coax them out, but they weren't interested. Thankfully a little later they made their way back to the coop.
     
  3. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I let mine free range all winter, but they always return to the coop very early during the dark nights.

    I guess predators are likely to be more hungry in the winter.
     
  4. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    luckily they all come home every night to roost..id hate to be rounding them up in the dark every night. think i shall continue to let them free range then [​IMG]
     
  5. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    Mine free range all year long. They do come home at dusk. So far I haven't had any problems. Most of my problems are in the spring when the predators are feeding their young.
     

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