If you invested in your first stock of baby chicks, you may want to consider coop-free living. Free-range chickens are usually happier, will save you money, and produce healthier eggs!
But with all of the benefits of raising free-range chickens, it’s easy to feel at a loss when it comes to knowing what to do. Look no further!
This handy little guide is here to give you some tips on how to raise free-range chickens. We hope that you’ll find it to be easier than you might have thought it to be.
Scope Out Your Space
The first step to getting your chickens into a free-roaming environment is to scope out your potential space.
It’s important to designate when it comes to providing your chickens a space because it’s a ground that you’ll be taking care of. You’ll want to pick a peaceful area that normally goes unbothered by the world around it.
Some places will be bigger than others, and that’s ok so long as each chicken has a good amount of space. Cramming a dozen chickens into your backyard will not make them any happier than they would be in a coop!
Next, you need to train your chickens to get them used to living without a coop. Some like to do that with a food incentive, with these starter feeds.
Putting their feed in the area that you want them to start living can be a way to train them to get used to eating outside. You can also start letting them run around in that area a little bit more every day.
This kind of training does take some dedication and a good amount of time, so make sure you have the patience to get through all of it!
Finally, you can begin the transition of your chickens to the outdoor setting they’ll thrive in. Let your chickens roam free and enjoy their new lifestyle!
It will take some getting used to, for you and for them. Make sure your chickens are protected and feel protected in their new space.
Taking steps to solidify that will help; putting up a fence to keep any dogs and foxes out, and even having a guard dog are not bad ideas when it comes to keeping your chickens safe! Soon enough you’ll be having better eggs to eat and use that are made by happier chickens.
Fun With Free-Range Chickens
Life with free-range chickens isn’t the easiest at first, but it doesn’t have to be impossible, or even super difficult. And once you’ve helped them make the transition into a new space, you can hopefully discover that it’s a choice that was worth it.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start reaping the benefits that raising free-range chickens brings into your life and improves your chickens’ livelihood.
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