What to do to free range?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Smorz, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. Smorz

    Smorz Chirping

    Mar 12, 2014
    Is there a method to letting the girls free range? It's been so long since I've done this I can't remember. I'm thinking tomorrow might be the day but do I just open the door and let them out in the hopes they will come back? I have 19 speckled Sussex and 4 guinea. Should I keep 3 of the guineas in and just let one out for a day or two? They've been cooped for four weeks now; 7 weeks old.
  2. Stiggy

    Stiggy Songster

    Apr 29, 2014
    New Zealand
    At that age they should come back, at dusk check them and make sure they have gone in, as they maybe sitting outside or under the house/pen. It may take awhile for them to venture out or they might instantly go out but they should come back, especially if you leave them food in the coop/run and only feed them in there for a week or so
  3. gmrt77

    gmrt77 In the Brooder

    Jul 13, 2014
    Portland, Oregon
    I have a run too. I'm a little scared to let them on their own for hours, because there are cats in my neighborhood. I let them tub sound the yard and they really enjoy it. Good luck.

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