My chickens are not free-range and my egg customers are ok with that. We are ok with that.
While the rest of the world is desiring chickens to be free-range or free to roam where they please, we prefer to keep ours penned up. I hope you don’t think we are bad chicken owners.
Here is why my chickens are not free-range:
If given the chance, they will chase the birds, which is not good for the chickens.
It could increase their chances of getting a heart attack. I have actually caught Si rolling a chicken around with his front paws like he was playing with a ball.
I know my hens are happier and safer being penned up.
Another reason we we don’t let the chickens roam free is because we live close to the highway and we don’t want them to wander onto the highway and tragically ran over by a vehicle.
Because, let’s be honest, no one knows why chickens cross the road, but I really don’t want to find out. I want to keep my hens safe and sound on our side of the road.
Finally, our chickens do not run free because they don’t need to. Their coop and pen is so spacious. It has two levels of roosts, plus a large run that goes outside. You can check it out by watching the You Tube video.
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I’ve given a few reasons why my chickens are not free-range. The most important reason of all is that I want my chickens to be safe. They are obviously very healthy and lay plenty of eggs for my family and I to enjoy.
I’m not ashamed of having a coop and pen for my hens because I know where they are at all times.
I’d love to read your comments about penned-up chickens versus free-range chickens so please post them in the comment section.
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