what age to free range a new flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by crazychickymom, May 29, 2016.

  1. crazychickymom

    crazychickymom Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all.. I am a first timer with chickens. My flock of 18 are 7 weeks old. I have no older chickens for them to learn from. At what age can I let them out of their run to "free range" Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Young chickens are more vulnerable to air predators. . Crows will even feed on them...

    Small amounts supervised while your outside. Would be ok.. otherwise I'd wait before letting them out all day with you not around
     
  3. Love4zion

    Love4zion Out Of The Brooder

    I am quite new to chickens so I don't know how accurate and helpful my advice is but mine are 8 weeks old and they do great outside. I don't leave them alone much yet. I'm comfortable with light supervision. It might depend on what predators are in your area.
     
  4. crazychickymom

    crazychickymom Out Of The Brooder

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    we do have hawks around during the day.. I'm afraid that if I let them out of the run, they won't go back on their own. At night there are coyotes, fox, and raccoon's..
     
  5. crazychickymom

    crazychickymom Out Of The Brooder

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    how would I "round them up" if I had to leave?? LOL.. such a newbie. There is one of me and 18 of them...
     
  6. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Once older they go to coop better.. then you can just let them out in evening. . Then at nightfall they'd go back in on there own
     
  7. Love4zion

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    I've spent so much time with mine over these 8-9 weeks that they seems curious about what I'm doing when I'm around. Probably hoping for a treat of some sort. When I'm done I slowly "herd them toward their run and have a handful of scratch waiting for them. Maybe the Creator just blessed me with amazing chickens since I'm new to this too?
     
  8. Love4zion

    Love4zion Out Of The Brooder

    Also two of mine are especially attached to me and since they tend to more or less stay as pack, where ever I go or when I come out of the house, they tend to be around me. I never knew chickens would be so easy and amazing.
     
  9. hottubchicks

    hottubchicks New Egg

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    I just clap my hands and say time to go in, time for bed. There are a few stragglers that require a little coaxing but that usually does it.
     
  10. RobandSue2

    RobandSue2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Saving scratch solely for round up time (shake it in a cup and they come running) is helpful for me...then they know they are getting a treat
     

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