posted on Sep, 4 2016 @ 01:35 PM
a reply to: dogstar23
Our place here is about 90 acres, but most of that (I'd say 70 acres) is wooded. Of the rest, we actually live on about an acre.
I raise the chicks inside, in a cardboard box with a heat lamp, until they are old enough to stand cold nights. Then I move them outside to a 4'x8'
pen I built. The dog gets used to them and they get used to the dog. Once they are full size, I just turn them loose outside the pen. They have a
small laying house I built at the edge of the porch and a tall stack of concrete blocks to roost on at night. The dog defends them from any predators
that wander through.
Once out, they roam free and have yet to wander outside that one acre yard. Ticks still wander in from the mountain, but they don't get far. Chickens
won't roam much if they have a place to roost, a place to lay, plenty to eat, and few predators.
Maybe I need some bat houses...