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I am so frustrated! Have had chickens for 3.5 years, but recently have a few that are repeatedly escaping their fenced area. The fencing is 8 feet high AND I have clipped their wings (one wing each). I am thinking about somehow tying lead fishing weights to their legs because I am at my wits end! They escape 7+ times a day. They cannot get underneath the fencing. What else can I do? Any ideas???


Edited by chicknmom - 4/13/16 at 7:10am
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I would clip both wings.  It took both wings clipped to ground my isa brown chicken.  Good luck.

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I am so frustrated! Have had chickens for 3.5 years, but recently have a few that are repeatedly escaping their fenced area. The fencing is 8 feet high AND I have clipped their wings (one wing each). I am thinking about somehow tying lead fishing weights to their legs because I am at my wits end! They escape 7+ times a day. They cannot get underneath the fencing. What else can I do? And ideas???

Pic(s) of fenced area please?

 

Are they landing on the top of fence before going over?

Are they launching right off the ground to go over......

.....or is there something else they are landing on first as a 'step up' so to speak?

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
post #4 of 6
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The area does have huge Douglas fir trees in it, but even the lowest branches are waaaay up. So I don't think they have a 'stepping stone. And seeing as I have never caught them in the act, I am not sure if they are pausing on top of the mesh for a second - it is pretty soft and floppy and flimsy (the top section of fence is vinyl mesh which I added above the metal fence to try to contain them), though, so I doubt it.

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Oh? I have always heard that you should only clip one wing to unbalance them, otherwise they fly okay with the stubs. Thanks for the suggestion - it could be worth a try.

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The area does have huge Douglas fir trees in it, but even the lowest branches are waaaay up. So I don't think they have a 'stepping stone. And seeing as I have never caught them in the act, I am not sure if they are pausing on top of the mesh for a second - it is pretty soft and floppy and flimsy (the top section of fence is vinyl mesh which I added above the metal fence to try to contain them), though, so I doubt it.

OhOK...you've covered what I was going to suggest....don't know what to tell you, my run is covered with mesh.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
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