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What age to free Range Chickens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Shelbycobra, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. Shelbycobra

    Shelbycobra Hatching

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    We have nice fenced 1/2 acre area and I believe it is dog proof, ( 4 foot non clilmb) The coop and the run are within this area . My chickens are 8 weeks old and I am anxious to let them free range but I am worried they are still to small, and at risks from cats and hawks. How old, or big should they be, before I let them have run of a big yard?
    My Friends chickes seem huge in comparison. I have two Delaware, 2 Rhode Islands, 2 Black sex linked, 2 Silver Wyandotte and 2 Orpingtons.

    Thanks
    Renee
     

  2. redoak

    redoak Songster

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    By 8 weeks most cats will leave chickens alone. However you'll always have to worry about hawks [​IMG]
     
  3. stephenkeener

    stephenkeener In the Brooder

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    I like to be sure they are roosting good. I've not only had hawk problems ,If I remember right I think I also had rat problems at somewhere around 6 to 8 weeks but this is usually a night time problem
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Mine were running around the yard for short periods of time, under constant supervision @ 2 1/2 weeks old. As they got older I gave them more and more time outside and less and less supervision. Now as adults I check on them a couple times a day and just keep my ears tuned to any unusual sounds. If there's a problem my rooster or one of the dogs let me know.
     

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