We are finally free ranging!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by NickyPick, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. NickyPick

    NickyPick Songster

    Sep 18, 2010
    Cypress, TX
    I finally got the nerve up to start letting my chickens out into the horse pen - the entire reason I got them in the first place. They're about 6+ months old now and all but one are laying. I'm letting them out around 4, when I get home, and putting them up when the horses eat at dusk.

    The first day, they stayed pretty close in a group.

    But then they started splitting up and ranging farther.

    I love that the all come running/flying when I call them in in the evening, even though some still haven't figured out the fence holes and gates that they need to use. The horses mostly leave them alone. Casper, tho, thinks they're fascinating and will spend the evening following them around. I'm so happy they're all peacefully getting along and the chickens head straight for the manure piles to break apart as soon as they get out there.

    Well, almost as soon. First, they must gather around the water trough and the boys hand out duties for the day:

  2. toochicky

    toochicky In the Brooder

    Sep 8, 2011
    Too cute!!! [​IMG] I love the watering hole. [​IMG]
  3. OwlLover

    OwlLover Alaskan Wanderer

    Aug 25, 2011
    You have wyandottes?? [​IMG]
  4. Alexis

    Alexis Songster

    Jan 28, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    I love this! And great pictures! It's such a good feeling to let chickens out and see them so happy.
  5. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    I love the water hole too! They look like one big happy family!
  6. skillswife

    skillswife Songster

    Jul 19, 2010
    SW Montana
    Just be careful with that watering hole. I had a smaller one with multiple exits in case somebody fell in but I still lost a bantam hen in it.
  7. NickyPick

    NickyPick Songster

    Sep 18, 2010
    Cypress, TX
    2 GLWs, 2 SLWs, 2 BO's, 2 Dk Brahmas and 4 EE's. Plus the boys, 1 EE and 1 BO.

    I've been a bit nervous about the water too, but one of the mares knocked Erebel in today and she flapped her way out. None are bantams, so hopefully they will have enough thrust and boyancy to get out if they fall in.

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