When do your chooks get let out of the coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Kegs1972, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. Kegs1972

    Kegs1972 In the Brooder

    Morning? Afternoon? ALl day?

    Mine are out for a couple of hours in the arvo and on weekends, both morning and night or whenever I'm home :)

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockwit Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    All day, every day. Guess it depends on ones set up, predators etc
  3. Kegs1972

    Kegs1972 In the Brooder

    It does hey - just curious ;)
  4. shortgrass

    shortgrass Crowing

    Mar 14, 2015
    Northern Colorado
    All day every day as well. Some spend the night out, too. Chickens and turkeys in trees :D

  5. I let mine out the same as you.....If I am home they go out for a couple of hours a day......I have a Fox problem......My Dogs are great also......I must correct this......I free range two hours a day.....Out in the run all day till dark.....

    Last edited: Nov 8, 2016
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I let mine out of the coop and into the run(s) everyday once it's light out......but they never leave the run, too many preds and other reasons..
  7. Hi. [​IMG]

    Sun up till sun down here. [​IMG]

    But sometimes they choose to hang out in the coop even on good weather days. I'm glad they are comfortable in there. Makes my hubby feel good that they appreciate his hard work. [​IMG]

  8. Cacique500

    Cacique500 Songster

    Jun 2, 2013
    Atlanta, Georgia
    I have a fenced in back yard, so every afternoon I try to let the girls out for a couple hours...usually a couple hours before they go to bed. I do sit out there with them to keep an eye out for predators (we have tons of hawks).
  9. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    My Coop
    My coop is inside my main run, and I open the coop door in the morning after I let my dogs out. I open the door to my auxiliary run about an hour later, weather permitting.

    The runs and coop both get closed up at dusk, once the birds have roosted for the night.

  10. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    My run is predator proof [well, as predator proof as I can make it and depending on the type of predator] so the coop door is always open and they can wander out at dawn of their own accord into the run. I used to only allow supervised free range every afternoon for a couple of hours and all day on the weekend.

    This has recently changed to all day unsupervised free range because of the ruckus they make early morning demanding to be let out [​IMG]

    They used to be OK with only the afternoon but started demanding to be let out an hour before the scheduled time. That became two hours before and then three hours before etc to the point that now it is easier and quieter if I let them out when I give them breakfast. I have one hen who would put a peacock to shame on sound type and volume [​IMG]

    Technically they are not totally unsupervised as I work from home and can race outside if they raise the alarm and if we are not home they will have to stay locked up in the run; but we will not be there to hear the complaints, sorry neighbours! lol

    Luckily our only real predators are overweight, lazy neighbourhood cats, the occasional wandering dog and of course, aerial predators but we have multiple places for them to scurry and lots of vegetation to hide under.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2016

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