Free range and something to ponder
Okay, this is actually 2 questions.
1. Free range.
We have always had our hens (15) penned. A very large pen, but still penned up. I would like to let them free range but concerned how far they wander from the coop.
We have 6 acres and are 150' from the road. How far do they wander from the pen. Should I be concerned I may have to round them up at night?
2. Something to ponder.
We had a hen get cut and infected. My wife decided to take her to the vet. This ended up a $45 bill. My neighbor, in his wisdom, commented. "goodness gracious, it's a $3 chicken".
Doesn't there seem to be some wisdom in that?. Is it feasible to pay $45 for every chicken that gets sick?
Honestly, it's not good money sense.