Truly free range, or in a run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by comptonkids, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. comptonkids

    comptonkids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2015
    We will be closing within the next 10 days on a house in the country
    It's about 2 acres
    is the run strictly for protection? What other uses would I need a run for?

    If we don't use a run, will they know to lay eggs in the nest boxes or will I be having year round egg hunts? (Lol)

    And will they come inside the coop at night?[​IMG][​IMG]
  2. Coffee 1st

    Coffee 1st Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2015
    Thats a house Right in pic #2 not just a chicken coop??? lol....
  3. comptonkids

    comptonkids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2015
    yes! Lol
    Its the back of the house

    This will be the coop
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    If you keep your chickens in the coop for the first 2-3 days (and nights, of course), then they should know where to return to on an evening time (at least mine did).

    A run is better for protection both from predators and any thing you may wish to grow. Having said that, personally i find great pleasure in watching my small flock do laps of the garden and do "chicken things". Having said that, hawks (and the odd mongoose) are the only real predators where i live (cats are chased away by the chickens) and yes, i have lost a chick to hawks, but thats a price i am willing to pay for letting them free range in the garden.

    Good luck and enjoy your new house!


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