Chicken Behaviors in a Garden
Chickens naturally roam through the garden.
Chickens free-range in your garden, usually as a unit. Chickens are sociable and tend to stick together as a flock. Occasionally, you may have a few hens that venture away from the flock.
If by chance a hen goes into the coop to lay an egg or gets separated from the rest of the flock, she’s likely to become agitated and to cluck and squawk until she’s reunited with the rest of the flock. Chickens know they’re safer together than separated by themselves.
Chickens that have been free-ranging for a period of time will stop in the coop for water if it isn’t provided in the landscape or on the property and to eat some lay feed.
Chickens are curious, venturing about their domain to explore. They like to roam and soon have their favorite spots. When a flock is acclimated to its chicken coop and free-range environment, chickens seldom stray from the domains of home unless they’re facing circumstances like a predator attack.