Free Range Chickens, Mostly

Our chickens have free range of our property, and sometimes they even leave our property, although not much.  But when there is snow on the ground, the chickens become significantly less adventurous.  It is to the point where they step outside the coop, and then turn around and head right back inside.  This was another reason that the new coop was so important, so that they had enough room to stretch their wings.

I have plans to make an enclosed run out of a hoop house, but like so many other things it has been pushed down the list of items to do.  The benefits of a hoop house run, especially in the winter, is that run essentially becomes a heat sink that would help to warm the coop.

By the way, all of the chickens are now in the big coop.  I had to get rid of Scooter, he just wasn’t adjusting well to having new roosters around.  I was worried that having three roosters would still be a problem, but so far they have all played nicely.  So there are 27 chickens in the coop, with two Jubilee Orpington roosters and one Buff Orpington.  All is well in chicken land.

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5 Responses to Free Range Chickens, Mostly

  1. Pingback: Free Range Chickens, Mostly | homesteaddad – WORLD ORGANIC NEWS

  2. I miss being able to turn our birds loose. It’s “bobcat season.” If we’re going to have another attack it will be between now and mid to late March. The chickens and ducks are in their pen until then. They wouldn’t go far because of the snow but a hungry cat will push its luck by coming into the yard.

  3. I am about to move to a semi detached property and I am worried about my hens free ranging and my neighbour being annoyed. There is a divide between our gardens but you know, things happen. Their garden is just plain old grass lawn. Is there any reason they would be angry with me if a random hen strolled across their lawn for a few moments? I am sure that chicken droppings are good for the grass. Also is there any tips or tricks to keep the hens interested in a certain area? So I can try and harness them. Maybe some rotten logs turned over would keep them out of trouble for a while. 🙂

    • All of that really depends on your neighbors. I would talk with them first and let them know your intentions and tell them you will do your best to keep them on your property. Giving them eggs can’t hurt anything. Chickens will go where they can find food. Ours have plenty in their coop, but I want them to free range. Fortunately for me, our coop is a ways from our neighbors, and our neighbors are great. Good luck!

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