Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Partly Free Range

When we had bantams in Melbourne they free-ranged over our backyard all day long.  They only lived in their 'house' at night.

However, here in Adelaide we don't have side gates, so we have to keep our new chooks, Temple and Caramel, in their pen during the day.  They only free range in the afternoons when someone can be outside to keep an eye on them and keep them out of mischief.

Full size hens make much more of a mess than little bantams, so for the garden's sake it's probably a good idea to keep Temple and Caramel locked up most of the time.

It does feel strange though, to have graduated from babysitting children to babysitting feather-babies.

And no, I'm not feeling at all clucky.


50sgal said...

That is what I do with my hens (and rooster) as well. They have a closed in run and then they sometimes get free reign of the yard. I also recently built them another extension that is open to the sky around their closed in run that I use as well, to keep them from dirtying up the terrace.
Don't you love chickens!

Our Red House said...

Hi 50s gal,

Your henhouse extension sounds wonderful.

Yes, I adore my chooks. Thanks for stopping by!