Keeping chickens in the yard
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They will definitely be able to fly over a 3 foot fence soon if not already. Your only options, IMO, would be to raise the height of the fence or learn to clip wings. Some folks report that even with clipped wings those who want out will even climb a fence. "The grass is always greener" and a solid fence may help? Even my heavy gals - 2+ yo BO can jump 3 feet and fly a lot higher... It is a must to block all low places - under gates and anywhere else they excavate.
You should consider starting a thread under the "new members" forum to get a proper welcoming.
Hi! To a chicken, I think the grass is always greener! Easy to hop a 3-4 ft fence, even for the big fat fatty breeds. Chicken wire isn't pretty, but if you could raise your fence with it, leaving the top 2 ft angled inward and fairly flimsy, your hens wouldn't be able to fly out. Shortgrass mentioned checking your fence line for dig holes, you should do that. I got 6 great eggs per week from my neighbors hen! She'd scoot under and lay. It could have been she scooted under and got eaten, she just picked the right yard.
Start a thread in New Member Introductions too so we can give you a proper welcome!
Best of luck to you!
If you look up cat fencing, it's the same theory for some good ideas. Here's one picture from the internet to help you visualize, Mine is at a 45 deg angle.