Free Range Chickens

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  1. Chick Shack

    Chick Shack New Member

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    Hello! I am new to chickens this year. My first batch was a barnyard mix where I ended up with 4 roosters, 2 hens now 18 weeks. Sad that I only ended up with 2 layers, but I'm learning with chickens, that's the way it goes. I ordered 9 more from a hatchery and they are currently 3 weeks. I live in a wooded area with HEAVY wild game activity. We've had bear, coyote, fisher, coons, fox, and everything else in between caught on our yard cam. My question... I want to free range but I'm sooo scared to lose my 2 hens that should be ready to lay anytime. Does anyone have any suggestions to help ease my mind or should I just forget the notion of free range and keep them in their run?
     
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  2. robin416

    robin416 Administrator Staff Member

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    If you've got that much predator activity that close to where they're going to be hanging out it's best to build them a huge run and keep them up. I would also suggest putting hot wire around the coop and run to help bear proof them.
     

  3. Poultry Judge

    Poultry Judge Moderator Staff Member

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  4. Chick Shack

    Chick Shack New Member

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    Thanks for the input. I'm glad I listened to my fears. I'll keep my little ladies tucked away in their run. Right now I have a 8x30 run with hardware cloth all around, top, sides, and 2 feet out into the yard on the bottom. I close them up in the coop every night just in case. I never thought I'd love a chicken..but I DO!!
     
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  5. robin416

    robin416 Administrator Staff Member

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    LOL We hear that a lot. They are addictive.

    Don't forget the hotwire. Bear will tear into a coop if given the chance.
     
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  6. danathome

    danathome Well-Known Member

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