Free range chickens

Asked June 24, 2016, 1:22 PM EDT

My question is this. I have 5 chickens. I had 6 but one got out and disappeared. I have had these pullets for 3 days, expect laying in a month or so. It concerns me that this chicken didn't hang around home and took off. Aren't they supposed to go back in their barn at dusk? I am afraid to let the remaing ones out now. Advice? They are Malan pullets.

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1 Response

At times birds will flock together and congregate at shelter, but we will also see individuals in pasture settings venture out away from the core flock. These can become victims to various predators in the area. The best thing to do is to keep birds under supervision or have them in fenced areas to control how far they venture.