Ranging

EU regulations insist that each farm must provide at least one hectare of land for every 2,500 birds but the majority of UK hens are provided with even more space than this. 

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EU regulations insist that each farm must provide at least one hectare of land for every 2,500 birds but the majority of UK hens are provided with even more space than this. 

The modern free range hen is totally free to roam over the pasture during the daylight hours. Many free range farmers plant trees and provide shelters in the fields surrounding the hen house, to encourage their birds to range as widely as possible. But because they originate from a jungle species and enjoy being under cover – particularly if there is bright sunlight – they may choose to spend periods indoors. If it is cold, wet or windy, they can also choose to stay inside.

The best time to see them ranging is in the early morning and from early evening until dusk.

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