The five hens were raised together free range out in Riverside. ) Once you've seen how excited your flock becomes when they know they're about to be let. Actually, that your flock would "come in out of the rain" is not necessarily sensible behavior… not for chickens. We've already covered things to look out for in the Vegetable Garden (see Chickens and the Vegetable Patch), so now we'll have a look at the general garden. We let them out first thing in the morning once the. I was cleaning out my greenhouse a couple of weeks ago and I found 24 eggs, no telling how long they had been there but at least 3 months. Each day we open the door to their coop and allow the hens to go out on pasture if they choose. Even if they're not free ranging, they have some confined range or supervised ranging to keep them entertained. Chickens allowed to free range in your Garden Keep an eye on your flock, Foxes get hungry. Other times, an enclosed run in a small suburban yard is the only way to keep chickens safe and contained so they don't run into traffic or make themselves the target of neighborhood dogs. I know the words free range evoke images of chickens scratching through the grass of an open field, but this is just not the case in the commercial world. That's exactly why I don't let our chickens free range anymore. I live in Zimbabwe, Africa and have kept free range ducks, chicken, turkeys and guinea fowl and for some years. A: Due to the number of predators in some rural areas, some pet chicken owners don't allow free ranging. now there in Lincoln Heights. One of the biggest disadvantages of free ranging your chickens is that they will poop all over. I let mine free range all day. At first I put a fence up around the coop ( about 40' x 40')for about 3 weeks so they would get use to being put to bed in the coop at night and so they would associate the coop as their safe place. Sooo I accessed the situation and decided that free range was NOT a good idea at all and built and extended run this weekend. They are also used to free-ranging in the gardens when I am working in the yard. Finally, I don't know about you, but I just think that free range eggs taste so much better, do you agree!? Disadvantages of Free Ranging Your Chickens. Each day we open the door to their coop and allow the hens to go out in the backyard if they choose. For example, my girls always free range while I clean the coop. Chickens will indeed wander but not like a dog. At what age can you let hand raised chicks out of the coop to free range and trust they will come back? I have my coops separated by age/size. I just received 5 egg laying hens from my mother today. Our chickens are literally free ranging. I lure them to the area where I am working with a tiny bit of scratch and treats. Sooo I accessed the situation and decided that free range was NOT a good idea at all and built and extended run this weekend. Hi Terrie thanks for the question. I want to let them out of their run (when we are home and watchful). now there in Lincoln Heights. Things get slightly easier if you have a rooster - he can alert you to danger and fend off some predators, but he's useless against a hawk (that swoops very quickly from above and breaks your hen's neck) or a very aggressive dog (ask me how. am now planning to go commercial with free range. Every person is different BUT I started free ranging at 2 1/2 weeks. We let them out first thing in the morning once the. For me, quality of life outweighs the risk presented by free-ranging. I let them out only if I'm home and I'm out in the yard with my dog. Letting Your Chickens Free Range Is Good For Them When we built our chicken coop it was the standard 3 feet of coops space and 10 feet of run space per hen. We're in town but our property is surrounded on three sides by our neighbors field and they have chickens that free range as well. In my opinion, the choice to free range depends on whether you can afford to lose chickens or not. now there in Lincoln Heights. Why? Because then I'd be doing a proper job of raising my precious chickens. For example, my girls always free range while I clean the coop. On overcast days, the extra cloud cover can provide a little additional camouflage from flying predators. Even if they're not free ranging, they have some confined range or supervised ranging to keep them entertained. When I first got my girls I kept them in their run/coop so they knew that's where "home" is, so now they always return to their coop to lay and sleep. My chickens are 10 weeks old - they are getting so big! They have been in their coop and attached run since they were 5 weeks old. Still to this day, no sign of them. So limited free range is for me. If you're getting chickens soon there are so many things to think about! What is the difference between letting the chickens free range and keeping them in a chicken run? There are pros and cons to both of these options. Chickens will indeed wander but not like a dog. am now planning to go commercial with free range. We let them out first thing in the. Can you? There are many risks in free ranging your birds: stray dogs, coyotes, foxes, hawks and more. Finally, I don't know about you, but I just think that free range eggs taste so much better, do you agree!? Disadvantages of Free Ranging Your Chickens. I lure them to the area where I am working with a tiny bit of scratch and treats. they are happiest when they are out foraging and roaming freely. Each day we open the door to their coop and allow the hens to go out in the backyard if they choose. Free Range: Why I choose not to June 12, 2015 "Free Range Eggs!" Before having chickens of my own I though this was the gold standard of eggs and what I should look for. By Angelina on July 15, 2010 2:27 PM | 8 Comments If you have (or are thinking about getting) a backyard flock of chickens you should consider the possibility of letting your flock free-range. I can't let my chickens free range. On overcast days, the extra cloud cover can provide a little additional camouflage from flying predators. So limited free range is for me. Every person is different BUT I started free ranging at 2 1/2 weeks. I want to let them out of their run (when we are home and watchful). if i let the door stay open for a little while to let the chickens walk around the horse pasture, and if i still feed them, will they come back. even though w live in different climates I am learning and enjoying the posts on this website. You can't safely free range chickens anywhere, probably not anywhere in the world. Letting Your Chickens Free Range Is Good For Them When we built our chicken coop it was the standard 3 feet of coops space and 10 feet of run space per hen. At what age can I let them free? One of my concerns is how difficult will it be to get them back in? Thanks! P. My chickens were securely locked up at night, let out well after sunrise, put up well before sunset, let loose to forage and exercise into a 9 foot tall game fence to keep dogs and coyotes away. We let them out first thing in the. now there in Lincoln Heights. Our chickens are literally free ranging. It was quickly apparent they were not happy in that little space. If you're getting chickens soon there are so many things to think about! What is the difference between letting the chickens free range and keeping them in a chicken run? There are pros and cons to both of these options. Can you? There are many risks in free ranging your birds: stray dogs, coyotes, foxes, hawks and more. My chickens are 10 weeks old - they are getting so big! They have been in their coop and attached run since they were 5 weeks old. For example, my girls always free range while I clean the coop. if i let the door stay open for a little while to let the chickens walk around the horse pasture, and if i still feed them, will they come back. I let mine free range all day. Each day we open the door to their coop and allow the hens to go out in the backyard if they choose. We've already covered things to look out for in the Vegetable Garden (see Chickens and the Vegetable Patch), so now we'll have a look at the general garden. For me, quality of life outweighs the risk presented by free-ranging. We're in town but our property is surrounded on three sides by our neighbors field and they have chickens that free range as well. My birds are in constant danger, mostly from coyotes but also from hawks. Letting Your Chickens Free Range Is Good For Them When we built our chicken coop it was the standard 3 feet of coops space and 10 feet of run space per hen. Everything is covered in poop, they destroyed my garden and there are eggs all over the property. Sooo I accessed the situation and decided that free range was NOT a good idea at all and built and extended run this weekend. Our chickens are literally free ranging. I lure them to the area where I am working with a tiny bit of scratch and treats. Each day we open the door to their coop and allow the hens to go out in the backyard if they choose. One of the biggest disadvantages of free ranging your chickens is that they will poop all over. if i get to the point that they will come back can my (sson to be my. I just received 5 egg laying hens from my mother today. Letting Your Chickens Free Range Is Good For Them When we built our chicken coop it was the standard 3 feet of coops space and 10 feet of run space per hen. At what age can you let hand raised chicks out of the coop to free range and trust they will come back? I have my coops separated by age/size. Everything is covered in poop, they destroyed my garden and there are eggs all over the property. The bigger ones will pick on the smaller ones! I know the smaller ones are itching for their turn to kick around!. If you're getting chickens soon there are so many things to think about! What is the difference between letting the chickens free range and keeping them in a chicken run? There are pros and cons to both of these options. I was cleaning out my greenhouse a couple of weeks ago and I found 24 eggs, no telling how long they had been there but at least 3 months. In my opinion, the choice to free range depends on whether you can afford to lose chickens or not. Where you might find your dog on the other side of town, your chickens may wander only a few hundred yards. Found no feather piles, nothing. ) Once you've seen how excited your flock becomes when they know they're about to be let. I want to let them out of their run (when we are home and watchful). Why? Because then I'd be doing a proper job of raising my precious chickens. I live in Zimbabwe, Africa and have kept free range ducks, chicken, turkeys and guinea fowl and for some years. So limited free range is for me. However, before you let them out of the chicken yard and open up the chicken run to free range your backyard chicken flock, it makes sense to take a look at benefits and downsides of letting chickens roam. I was probably caught up in some sort of crunchy backyard chicken elitism, but all I could think about was the day I'd be able to let my own chickens out to free range. We even have bobcats in the area. (Read our blog about four ways to provide ranging options for your chickens. i have a chicken coop that is like a shelf with nesting boxes in it with a wooden roof on it with a chicken wire pen (not that big) with chiacken wire as a roof coming out of it. If you are looking for a perfectly clean and manicured garden- don't free range your hens. A rainy day can be a good day for a chicken to forage more widely than normal. Chickens will indeed wander but not like a dog. Where you might find your dog on the other side of town, your chickens may wander only a few hundred yards. My birds are in constant danger, mostly from coyotes but also from hawks. Chickens allowed to free range in your Garden Keep an eye on your flock, Foxes get hungry. They are also used to free-ranging in the gardens when I am working in the yard. Everything is covered in poop, they destroyed my garden and there are eggs all over the property. am now planning to go commercial with free range. When I first got chickens I was asking myself Should I let my Chickens Free Range?. You can't safely free range chickens anywhere, probably not anywhere in the world. Still to this day, no sign of them. My birds are in constant danger, mostly from coyotes but also from hawks. If you're getting chickens soon there are so many things to think about! What is the difference between letting the chickens free range and keeping them in a chicken run? There are pros and cons to both of these options. Chickens will indeed wander but not like a dog. I was cleaning out my greenhouse a couple of weeks ago and I found 24 eggs, no telling how long they had been there but at least 3 months. (Read our blog about four ways to provide ranging options for your chickens. Every person is different BUT I started free ranging at 2 1/2 weeks. Our chickens are literally free ranging. Can you? There are many risks in free ranging your birds: stray dogs, coyotes, foxes, hawks and more. Even if they're not free ranging, they have some confined range or supervised ranging to keep them entertained. We even have bobcats in the area. One of the biggest disadvantages of free ranging your chickens is that they will poop all over. if i get to the point that they will come back can my (sson to be my. We're in town but our property is surrounded on three sides by our neighbors field and they have chickens that free range as well. Found no feather piles, nothing. Things get slightly easier if you have a rooster - he can alert you to danger and fend off some predators, but he's useless against a hawk (that swoops very quickly from above and breaks your hen's neck) or a very aggressive dog (ask me how. Sooo I accessed the situation and decided that free range was NOT a good idea at all and built and extended run this weekend. if i get to the point that they will come back can my (sson to be my. We've already covered things to look out for in the Vegetable Garden (see Chickens and the Vegetable Patch), so now we'll have a look at the general garden. I was probably caught up in some sort of crunchy backyard chicken elitism, but all I could think about was the day I'd be able to let my own chickens out to free range. Found no feather piles, nothing. One of the biggest disadvantages of free ranging your chickens is that they will poop all over. I grew up with chickens but havent own and taken care of them since I was ten years old. "If I let my chicken range freely, how far away will they wander? Can I get then to come when I call?" ~ Terrie Travers. now there in Lincoln Heights. I can't let my chickens free range. Bringing Chickens Home For The First Time Posted by The Happy Chicken Coop on June 15, 2015 Posted In: Guides So you've worked out how much room your chickens need , designed your chicken coop and your chickens, chicks, or pullets are on the way. It was quickly apparent they were not happy in that little space. Even if they're not free ranging, they have some confined range or supervised ranging to keep them entertained. For me, quality of life outweighs the risk presented by free-ranging. My chickens are 10 weeks old - they are getting so big! They have been in their coop and attached run since they were 5 weeks old. Chickens will indeed wander but not like a dog. A: Due to the number of predators in some rural areas, some pet chicken owners don't allow free ranging. On overcast days, the extra cloud cover can provide a little additional camouflage from flying predators. ) Once you've seen how excited your flock becomes when they know they're about to be let. However, before you let them out of the chicken yard and open up the chicken run to free range your backyard chicken flock, it makes sense to take a look at benefits and downsides of letting chickens roam. Even if they're not free ranging, they have some confined range or supervised ranging to keep them entertained. they are happiest when they are out foraging and roaming freely. "If I let my chicken range freely, how far away will they wander? Can I get then to come when I call?" ~ Terrie Travers. I let mine free range all day. When I first got chickens I was asking myself Should I let my Chickens Free Range?. Found no feather piles, nothing. I live in Zimbabwe, Africa and have kept free range ducks, chicken, turkeys and guinea fowl and for some years. Chickens allowed to free range in your Garden Keep an eye on your flock, Foxes get hungry. They are also used to free-ranging in the gardens when I am working in the yard. Sooo I accessed the situation and decided that free range was NOT a good idea at all and built and extended run this weekend. Free-range hens: What you should consider before letting your flock out. My chickens eagerly wait for me to let them out of their run each morning- they'd be miserable if not allowed to roam. am now planning to go commercial with free range. We let them out first thing in the. At first I put a fence up around the coop ( about 40' x 40')for about 3 weeks so they would get use to being put to bed in the coop at night and so they would associate the coop as their safe place. if i get to the point that they will come back can my (sson to be my. For me, quality of life outweighs the risk presented by free-ranging. That's exactly why I don't let our chickens free range anymore. Letting Your Chickens Free Range Is Good For Them When we built our chicken coop it was the standard 3 feet of coops space and 10 feet of run space per hen. My chickens are 10 weeks old - they are getting so big! They have been in their coop and attached run since they were 5 weeks old. They are also used to free-ranging in the gardens when I am working in the yard. Thankfully I've only lost one to a predator, and that happened at night IN the coop. My chickens eagerly wait for me to let them out of their run each morning- they'd be miserable if not allowed to roam. ) Once you've seen how excited your flock becomes when they know they're about to be let. My chickens were securely locked up at night, let out well after sunrise, put up well before sunset, let loose to forage and exercise into a 9 foot tall game fence to keep dogs and coyotes away. Everything is covered in poop, they destroyed my garden and there are eggs all over the property. I lure them to the area where I am working with a tiny bit of scratch and treats. Why? Because then I'd be doing a proper job of raising my precious chickens. However, before you let them out of the chicken yard and open up the chicken run to free range your backyard chicken flock, it makes sense to take a look at benefits and downsides of letting chickens roam. (Read our blog about four ways to provide ranging options for your chickens. We're in town but our property is surrounded on three sides by our neighbors field and they have chickens that free range as well. I know the words free range evoke images of chickens scratching through the grass of an open field, but this is just not the case in the commercial world. We've already covered things to look out for in the Vegetable Garden (see Chickens and the Vegetable Patch), so now we'll have a look at the general garden. I was cleaning out my greenhouse a couple of weeks ago and I found 24 eggs, no telling how long they had been there but at least 3 months. "If I let my chicken range freely, how far away will they wander? Can I get then to come when I call?" ~ Terrie Travers. now there in Lincoln Heights. I grew up with chickens but havent own and taken care of them since I was ten years old. Still to this day, no sign of them. Check the foot pads of your free-ranging chickens regularly for any injuries such as bumblefoot. Each day we open the door to their coop and allow the hens to go out in the backyard if they choose. Actually, that your flock would "come in out of the rain" is not necessarily sensible behavior… not for chickens. The bigger ones will pick on the smaller ones! I know the smaller ones are itching for their turn to kick around!. At what age can you let hand raised chicks out of the coop to free range and trust they will come back? I have my coops separated by age/size. (Read our blog about four ways to provide ranging options for your chickens. i have a chicken coop that is like a shelf with nesting boxes in it with a wooden roof on it with a chicken wire pen (not that big) with chiacken wire as a roof coming out of it. if i let the door stay open for a little while to let the chickens walk around the horse pasture, and if i still feed them, will they come back. I let mine free range all day. At what age can I let them free? One of my concerns is how difficult will it be to get them back in? Thanks! P. I live in Zimbabwe, Africa and have kept free range ducks, chicken, turkeys and guinea fowl and for some years. The five hens were raised together free range out in Riverside. By Angelina on July 15, 2010 2:27 PM | 8 Comments If you have (or are thinking about getting) a backyard flock of chickens you should consider the possibility of letting your flock free-range. We let them out first thing in the. Actually, that your flock would "come in out of the rain" is not necessarily sensible behavior… not for chickens. At what age can you let hand raised chicks out of the coop to free range and trust they will come back? I have my coops separated by age/size. I lure them to the area where I am working with a tiny bit of scratch and treats. At first I put a fence up around the coop ( about 40' x 40')for about 3 weeks so they would get use to being put to bed in the coop at night and so they would associate the coop as their safe place. now there in Lincoln Heights. they are happiest when they are out foraging and roaming freely. Our chickens are literally free ranging. However, before you let them out of the chicken yard and open up the chicken run to free range your backyard chicken flock, it makes sense to take a look at benefits and downsides of letting chickens roam. Everything is covered in poop, they destroyed my garden and there are eggs all over the property. Thankfully I've only lost one to a predator, and that happened at night IN the coop. ) Once you've seen how excited your flock becomes when they know they're about to be let. I was probably caught up in some sort of crunchy backyard chicken elitism, but all I could think about was the day I'd be able to let my own chickens out to free range. Every person is different BUT I started free ranging at 2 1/2 weeks. Other times, an enclosed run in a small suburban yard is the only way to keep chickens safe and contained so they don't run into traffic or make themselves the target of neighborhood dogs. My heart can't take loosing my Chics or my. Things get slightly easier if you have a rooster - he can alert you to danger and fend off some predators, but he's useless against a hawk (that swoops very quickly from above and breaks your hen's neck) or a very aggressive dog (ask me how. You can't safely free range chickens anywhere, probably not anywhere in the world. In my opinion, the choice to free range depends on whether you can afford to lose chickens or not. now there in Lincoln Heights. I let mine free range all day. even though w live in different climates I am learning and enjoying the posts on this website. Each day we open the door to their coop and allow the hens to go out in the backyard if they choose. I let them out only if I'm home and I'm out in the yard with my dog. So limited free range is for me. I grew up with chickens but havent own and taken care of them since I was ten years old. By Angelina on July 15, 2010 2:27 PM | 8 Comments If you have (or are thinking about getting) a backyard flock of chickens you should consider the possibility of letting your flock free-range. Why? Because then I'd be doing a proper job of raising my precious chickens. Chickens allowed to free range in your Garden Keep an eye on your flock, Foxes get hungry. i have a chicken coop that is like a shelf with nesting boxes in it with a wooden roof on it with a chicken wire pen (not that big) with chiacken wire as a roof coming out of it. We let them out first thing in the. By Angelina on July 15, 2010 2:27 PM | 8 Comments If you have (or are thinking about getting) a backyard flock of chickens you should consider the possibility of letting your flock free-range. They are not fenced. Check the foot pads of your free-ranging chickens regularly for any injuries such as bumblefoot. They are also used to free-ranging in the gardens when I am working in the yard. In my opinion, the choice to free range depends on whether you can afford to lose chickens or not. "If I let my chicken range freely, how far away will they wander? Can I get then to come when I call?" ~ Terrie Travers. Thankfully I've only lost one to a predator, and that happened at night IN the coop. Free Range: Why I choose not to June 12, 2015 "Free Range Eggs!" Before having chickens of my own I though this was the gold standard of eggs and what I should look for. We My Pet Chicken "peeps" mostly choose to let our chickens range. Chickens will indeed wander but not like a dog. if i get to the point that they will come back can my (sson to be my. We let them out first thing in the morning once the. It was quickly apparent they were not happy in that little space. they are happiest when they are out foraging and roaming freely. That's exactly why I don't let our chickens free range anymore. My birds are in constant danger, mostly from coyotes but also from hawks. I know the words free range evoke images of chickens scratching through the grass of an open field, but this is just not the case in the commercial world. When I first got chickens I was asking myself Should I let my Chickens Free Range?. Where you might find your dog on the other side of town, your chickens may wander only a few hundred yards. That's exactly why I don't let our chickens free range anymore. Each day we open the door to their coop and allow the hens to go out in the backyard if they choose. They are not fenced. "If I let my chicken range freely, how far away will they wander? Can I get then to come when I call?" ~ Terrie Travers. By Angelina on July 15, 2010 2:27 PM | 8 Comments If you have (or are thinking about getting) a backyard flock of chickens you should consider the possibility of letting your flock free-range. We've already covered things to look out for in the Vegetable Garden (see Chickens and the Vegetable Patch), so now we'll have a look at the general garden. If you're getting chickens soon there are so many things to think about! What is the difference between letting the chickens free range and keeping them in a chicken run? There are pros and cons to both of these options. My heart can't take loosing my Chics or my. It was quickly apparent they were not happy in that little space. (Read our blog about four ways to provide ranging options for your chickens. Free-range hens: What you should consider before letting your flock out. Bringing Chickens Home For The First Time Posted by The Happy Chicken Coop on June 15, 2015 Posted In: Guides So you've worked out how much room your chickens need , designed your chicken coop and your chickens, chicks, or pullets are on the way. I grew up with chickens but havent own and taken care of them since I was ten years old. My chickens eagerly wait for me to let them out of their run each morning- they'd be miserable if not allowed to roam. i have a chicken coop that is like a shelf with nesting boxes in it with a wooden roof on it with a chicken wire pen (not that big) with chiacken wire as a roof coming out of it. (Read our blog about four ways to provide ranging options for your chickens. Can you? There are many risks in free ranging your birds: stray dogs, coyotes, foxes, hawks and more. However, before you let them out of the chicken yard and open up the chicken run to free range your backyard chicken flock, it makes sense to take a look at benefits and downsides of letting chickens roam. if i let the door stay open for a little while to let the chickens walk around the horse pasture, and if i still feed them, will they come back. When I first got chickens I was asking myself Should I let my Chickens Free Range?. My birds are in constant danger, mostly from coyotes but also from hawks. We're in town but our property is surrounded on three sides by our neighbors field and they have chickens that free range as well. At first I put a fence up around the coop ( about 40' x 40')for about 3 weeks so they would get use to being put to bed in the coop at night and so they would associate the coop as their safe place. Hi Terrie thanks for the question. They are also used to free-ranging in the gardens when I am working in the yard. Everything is covered in poop, they destroyed my garden and there are eggs all over the property. Where you might find your dog on the other side of town, your chickens may wander only a few hundred yards. If you are looking for a perfectly clean and manicured garden- don't free range your hens. I lure them to the area where I am working with a tiny bit of scratch and treats. My chickens eagerly wait for me to let them out of their run each morning- they'd be miserable if not allowed to roam. I would like to rotate who gets out to free range! I can't let them all out at the same time. Our chickens are literally free ranging. even though w live in different climates I am learning and enjoying the posts on this website. Thankfully I've only lost one to a predator, and that happened at night IN the coop. now there in Lincoln Heights. If you're getting chickens soon there are so many things to think about! What is the difference between letting the chickens free range and keeping them in a chicken run? There are pros and cons to both of these options. Hi Terrie thanks for the question. Even if they're not free ranging, they have some confined range or supervised ranging to keep them entertained. I can't let my chickens free range. Free-range hens: What you should consider before letting your flock out. I want to let them out of their run (when we are home and watchful). Finally, I don't know about you, but I just think that free range eggs taste so much better, do you agree!? Disadvantages of Free Ranging Your Chickens. Can you? There are many risks in free ranging your birds: stray dogs, coyotes, foxes, hawks and more. Chickens allowed to free range in your Garden Keep an eye on your flock, Foxes get hungry. Each day we open the door to their coop and allow the hens to go out in the backyard if they choose. We My Pet Chicken "peeps" mostly choose to let our chickens range. Everything is covered in poop, they destroyed my garden and there are eggs all over the property. ) Once you've seen how excited your flock becomes when they know they're about to be let. For example, my girls always free range while I clean the coop. So limited free range is for me. A rainy day can be a good day for a chicken to forage more widely than normal. I let mine free range all day. I lure them to the area where I am working with a tiny bit of scratch and treats. Each day we open the door to their coop and allow the hens to go out on pasture if they choose. Free Range: Why I choose not to June 12, 2015 "Free Range Eggs!" Before having chickens of my own I though this was the gold standard of eggs and what I should look for. Check the foot pads of your free-ranging chickens regularly for any injuries such as bumblefoot. We've already covered things to look out for in the Vegetable Garden (see Chickens and the Vegetable Patch), so now we'll have a look at the general garden. My heart can't take loosing my Chics or my. It was quickly apparent they were not happy in that little space. Sooo I accessed the situation and decided that free range was NOT a good idea at all and built and extended run this weekend. I just received 5 egg laying hens from my mother today. I was probably caught up in some sort of crunchy backyard chicken elitism, but all I could think about was the day I'd be able to let my own chickens out to free range. At what age can I let them free? One of my concerns is how difficult will it be to get them back in? Thanks! P. If you are looking for a perfectly clean and manicured garden- don't free range your hens. Everything is covered in poop, they destroyed my garden and there are eggs all over the property. Thankfully I've only lost one to a predator, and that happened at night IN the coop. If the chickens only have access to a gravel yard, or just spend a few minutes with their doors open, they can be called free range birds. even though w live in different climates I am learning and enjoying the posts on this website. For example, my girls always free range while I clean the coop. I would like to rotate who gets out to free range! I can't let them all out at the same time. On overcast days, the extra cloud cover can provide a little additional camouflage from flying predators. Finally, I don't know about you, but I just think that free range eggs taste so much better, do you agree!? Disadvantages of Free Ranging Your Chickens. if i let the door stay open for a little while to let the chickens walk around the horse pasture, and if i still feed them, will they come back. The five hens were raised together free range out in Riverside. am now planning to go commercial with free range. I am new to chicken care. I lure them to the area where I am working with a tiny bit of scratch and treats. For me, quality of life outweighs the risk presented by free-ranging. Where you might find your dog on the other side of town, your chickens may wander only a few hundred yards. We let them out first thing in the morning once the. We even have bobcats in the area. They are also used to free-ranging in the gardens when I am working in the yard.