Originally Posted by AuroraofEarth
Fencing the whole yard is not an option, given that most of my open yard space is shared with the park behind me, and the property line kind of zig zags through it. We have an agreement that I just mow to the tree lines and I can use the yard as I please.
I'm just bummed out. I wish that the chickens had just been a problem from the start before I invested so much into them, and became so attached.Would it be more humane to lock up an animal that's been free it's whole life, or send it off to a new farm where it might have problems integrating with another flock?
I can expand the outside area of the coop more, but the hens are so neurotic to get out every morning and pace the gate for hours, I just feel bad..
Either way it's change, and chickens hate that. You have to consider the pros and cons of both options. If you keep them, you will need to fence them in somehow and they will be in a dither for a while. They'll get over it, but until then, they'll pace and grumble about it. However, you will know that they are still getting the best of care, because you will still be caring for them. If you send them somewhere else, you don't know how they'll be cared for, or if they'll end up in the freezer. You don't even know if the person you give them to would allow them to free range or pen them up.