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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:31 am 
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My chicks 9 weeks are in a large run. When can i let them free range.
Allready, they go into coup if threatened. So they know the way.
Do i simply let them go? Or is it a staged process?


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:47 pm 
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personally I dont let my chicks out in an uncovered area until they are full sized maybe 18 to 20 weeks. They are just too vulnerable to cats, dogs, birds of prey and many other predators.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:46 am 
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I agree with Nelly. If you do let them have a roam, watch them. When they are around 18 to 20 weeks they are silly teenagers and will still need to be guided a fair bit. Ours still tear up.the garden, if given a chance. Chickens can be cheeky.

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 Post subject: Re: How to free range?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:50 am 
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The predators would need to get past the gaurd dogs here. I keep gaurds for a reason. Very effective gaurds.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:56 am 
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Yes, tearing up the garden is what they are doing nicely. But its an old rose garden. My aim is for them to clear it for me of all things not rose. Realised they are too small to do much clearing, but got that wrong. Its getting clearer by day. Not as effectively as adults in less space, but clearer 25% in 10 days. Less crumb taken when foraging too. They took dried grass seed heads first, now on dandilion greens, seem a fave too.


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 Post subject: Re: How to free range?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:58 am 
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Will keep them in enclosure till 20 weeks. Thanks guys.
Seems safest.


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 Post subject: Re: How to free range?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:53 pm 
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Don't assume predators won't get in. Goshawk's are very clever at stealthily flying in grabbing a chick, and swoosh they are gone.

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