When can my chicks start to free range?

Discussion in 'Chick Raising Forum' started by doug, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. doug

    doug New Member

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    My chicks have been in their coop since birth, at what age should I let go and allow them to start free ranging?
     
  2. Apyl

    Apyl New Member

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    Every person is different BUT I started free ranging at 2 1/2 weeks. 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. After that the fence got opened up and they now free range over 2 acres. By 6 weeks old they were let loose from sun up to sun down.
     

  3. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    I let mine get a little size on them first. (about six months old) The main reason for that was our hawks that live down by the river... They eye the chicks but not the larger chickens.
     
  4. Jason

    Jason New Member

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    We let ours go for about a month, just until we feel that they are big enough to avoid becoming predator dinner. Like Andi, we have hawks around.
     
  5. CMCLB

    CMCLB New Member

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    I waited until 3 months. I wanted them big enough the kittens would be intimidated. The Guineas were 7 weeks. They grow faster & were larger at that point.
     
  6. laxbro

    laxbro Senior Member

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    I waited about a month mostly because my dogs had to get used to them
     
  7. leirob007

    leirob007 New Member

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    After loosing too many to count and about all my first hatchery order ( they were 3 months old when I started letting them go. I wait till they are at least 4 or 5 months old and almost ready to start laying .
    Till then they stay on the starter/grower and the custom feed I mix.
     
  8. Roslyn

    Roslyn A Round American Woman

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    I take them out only on warm sunny days after they are three weeks. I made a 5-foot by 4 foot box that I put netting on the top and so I won't have a hawk problem. I take them in at night and then at 8 weeks they go to the big girl coop at night, and a separate run during the day until they are a little bigger, then they go out with the big girls!