Hens how long before free range.

nyboyMarch 6, 2012

I was given 4 adult golden comets.They are very friendly chickens. I have a hardware run that the hens spend all day in. At night they go into the coop by themselves. I have them for a little over a week. How long should I have them before letting them out in my yard?

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Do they have any protection from predators or at least things they can scurry under if a hawk or something else comes along?

If they know where their roost is, and return to it at dusk, I would say you can let them free-range, then lock the coop at night so it is secure.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 6:41PM
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cherig22(MO 6a/6b)

I let them range after about five months, they seem pretty dumb until then. Learned that the hard way! If you bought grown hens, let the stay cooped up at least two weeks, they know where the bedtime roost is by then. Best of luck with them, I love having my flock wander all over the farm, very cute sight.


    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 7:45AM
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