I want to free range my chickens. Is there anything I should know? I know protection stuff from hawks, eagles, foxes, coyote, etc.
Thanks! I plan on just starting with 6 or 7 hens and see how that goes. Would this plan work?Let them out once the sun is fully up, and put them away once the sun is almost down.
In my experience, letting them out too early puts them at risk of being taken by predators that might still be out and putting them away too early (before they start roosting for the night) increases your chances of accidentally missing one and it being stuck outside of the coop and taken.
Also, if you notice a decrease in the amount of eggs in the nesting boxes check around your yard, sometimes the hens will either be too lazy to return to the coop or decide a pile of leaves is a better spot.
Sounds like a plan!Thanks! I plan on just starting with 6 or 7 hens and see how that goes. Would this plan work?
Let the out at about 8 am (or whenever the sun is fully up) monitor them throughout the day (I will set up a couple scarecrows as defense against flying predators) and lock them up at dusk? I'll do a head count every night before I lock up to make sure I didn't miss anyone.
Hmm. Not that I can think of.Anything else I should know? I am a COMPLETE beginner at this.
Anything else I should know? I am a COMPLETE beginner at this.
I don't think my yard has any tulips. Actually, I haven't seen any tulips ever for about 5 years and that was in a park right by our old house. We moved away few years ago.Hmm. Not that I can think of.
I would definitely do some research on what types of plants might be poisonous to chickens, and check your yard for them.
Some, like tulips, are known to be toxic but my chickens have never tried to eat them.
Also look into joining a chicken forum, like backyardchickens, when I was first getting into hen keeping that’s where I got a lot of good information
Another thing is that hens have no regard for pavement and will poop there if they deem it worthy. So watch your step!
Once they get used to free ranging they’ll wander pretty far. Mine once went in the neighbors yard, which is maybe 3 acres away.How far will a chicken wander from the coop? The forest is about 150-200 feet from the coop.
There has be at least 1/2 a kilometre from my neighbors and about 1 kilometre to my other neighbors with pasture, fence, and woods between us.Once they get used to free ranging they’ll wander pretty far. Mine once went in the neighbors yard, which is maybe 3 acres away.
The chickens may go into the forest, mine enjoy scavenging under trees and leaves.There has be at least 1/2 a kilometre from my neighbors and about 1 kilometre to my other neighbors with pasture, fence, and woods between us.
I’ve ordered my chicks (day olds) from Murray McMurray Hatchery. There’s always 1 or 2 that don’t make it through shipping but they often arrive in a timely manner. They have all assortments of breeds at good prices.I'd love to get Orpingtons but I probably won't be able to find them, so maybe leghorns.