When to let free range

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MaBell2001, May 30, 2016.

  1. MaBell2001

    MaBell2001 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 26, 2016
    Hi, I am wondering when I can let my flock of 9 week olds out ti free range? Been in their coop and run 3 or 4 weeks I have guineas and chickens. Thus would be total free range, no fence on 4 acres. We do have outside dogs, but shock collars keep them away from where fowl would be
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Start letting them out late in the day, so they are motivated to go in to roost. You can also call them for a little scratch in the coop last thing. Be ready to have your big long- handled fish net to bring in any that want to roost in the trees instead. Stay out with them for a few days, and be very careful about your dogs! A safer covered run will be a VERY good project very soon too. Mary
  3. Yes! They can free range supervised at the end of the day.
    I usually start about an hour before night fall. They will all head back to the coop to go too bed!
    If your worried? Try it during the day and then herd them back to the coop! No chasing! Use a tasty treat and your usual call!
    A lot smarter than people give them credit for!

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