What time do you let your hens out in the morning?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by traceyseymour, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. traceyseymour

    traceyseymour Hatching

    Feb 11, 2008
    BATH, U.K
    It's my first time at keeping poultry and I have 3 wonderfull hens that are 30 weeks old and laying me an egg a day each. they are free range all day in my back garden.
    My problem is i'm not sure what time to let them out in the lighter mornings & what do I do when it gets light at some unearthly hour in the morn.!!! they always know when to go in at night so thats not a problem....please help.[​IMG]
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    I don't think it really makes a huge difference.

    I let mine out when I get out there [​IMG] Normally around 8:15am at the moment - weekends though they have to wait till 9 or 9:30! [​IMG]
  3. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    I do the same as Wildsky.
  4. Crazy4Chicks

    Crazy4Chicks Songster

    Nov 20, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    between me and DH we try to let them out the same time every morning - normally around 7 and they go to bed when ever my rooster tells them to.
    now during the warmer months when it gets light ealier i think we will keep to the same routine of letting them out at 7

  5. newchickowner

    newchickowner Songster

    Aug 19, 2007
    My girls get on the school bus just before daylight. Because there is a couple of Owls living on and near my property, I wait till the sun is up, I usually go inside and make a pot of coffee. By then the sun is up and then I let them out.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2008
  6. cheeptrick

    cheeptrick Songster

    May 1, 2007
    New Hampshire
    Winter time they are let out at 8am...if no snow on the ground....they are let out at 10am to discourage early morning predators.

    HINT ** You can usually tell if you've got a predator in the winter because of the tracks in the snow around the coop!!

    Found tracks last week...
    DH had to make yellow SNOW...and IT has been cold this week in NH. LOL [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2008
  7. MissChessy

    MissChessy Songster

    Sep 24, 2007
    I let mine out around 2 p.m. Make sure they lay their eggs before letting them out as they seem to just don't understand how to get back into the hen house. I have a problem with mine going back into the run, they want to roost on top of the run which is covered with deer netting to keep the predators out and they fly right on top of it and I have to get them unstuck.:[​IMG]
  8. mullers3acers

    mullers3acers Songster

    Oct 9, 2007
    la porte, In
    Dh let's ours out before he leaves for work which is about 5:30 am. We really have no problem with them laying and the black sexlinks are excellent layers and very hardy. Usually we have a problem with the hens pecking when you collect eggs but it just seems second nature to them for us to move them to get the eggs.
  9. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    I used to let mine out around 7:30 when I could see well enough to go outside. Now it's lighter out by 7 am and I let them out then. They are going to roost around 6:40 pm now, just last month it was around 4 pm. Spring is on it's way!!
  10. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
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