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Will my meatballs return to the coop?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by egggarden, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. egggarden

    egggarden In the Brooder

    May 15, 2008
    Central Wisconsin
    We have 12 four-week old Cornish x's -our first experience with meat birds. I currently let them out into a fenced in area in the afternoon for some sunshine, greens, and scratch. If I let them out to free range, will they return on their own to the coop? They just don't seem as bright as our layers........

  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    By 4weeks old, as long as food and water was in the coop, they went home at night. Do remember they can't escape preds as well as standards if that is an issue where you are.
  3. scooter147

    scooter147 Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    They should return.

    They sure do seem to have less sense than "regular chickens"
  4. moodusnewchick

    moodusnewchick Songster

    Feb 15, 2008
    Mine tried to sleep outside every night on a large rock in the yard. I had to herd them into the coop area each night. They were well behaved and just really wanted to be free all the time.

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