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Do Chickens and Cows get Along? Options
#1 Posted : Monday, April 07, 2008 12:04:50 AM
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Since I don't have a chicken coop yet, can I just turn some chickens loose in the barn and let them go in and out as they please?  I do close the barn up at night and there are beams for roosting and lots of hay for making nests. I don't want to make the cows mad. Is this a crazy idea or should I just wait until I can build a coop?        Heidi



#2 Posted : Monday, April 07, 2008 12:04:50 AM
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As long as you don't mind the chicken poop on the hay (and likely lots of it on top of a stack).  I don't have cows, but my horses totally ignore the chickens, turkeys, geese, etc...  Even when baby chicks went in with the horses, they did fine.  When I had mine running loose, they always went into the barn to roost.  One thing... if you have any barn cats in there and you feed them catfood (like I do), the chickens LOVE catfood and it's a struggle to find ways to feed the cats without feeding it to the chickens (main ingredient in most dry catfood IS corn). :( 
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