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post #11 of 18
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I really don't think OP is upset about the neighbors asking her to keep her chickens on her own property - she's just trying to figure out the best thing to do with her chickens now. OP, correct me if I'm wrong...

No, I'm not upset about them asking. As I said, I am technically in the wrong now. It's just frustrating because when I first got them, they said it was no problem that they were free range, and now it is.

My post is intended to figure out the best means for care for them now that I need to make changes.
post #12 of 18
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This sparked an idea.. If I clip their wings, how high can they still jump?

A small garden fence that can be easily put up and taken down could be doable so that they still get yard time. As long as they won't get stir crazy being stuck to their coop area for the majority of the day.
Edited by AuroraofEarth - 5/16/16 at 5:10pm
post #13 of 18

Hopefully someone who has actually clipped wings will chime in. I live on a farm and my nearest neighbors are 1/2 mile from here, and my run is covered, so I have never had to clip wings. 

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post #14 of 18
Same here. I know someone who has clipped duck wings, but I cannot think of anyone who has done chickens.
post #15 of 18

I have had to pen mine up due to predators, and they do get used to it. I think they still produce healthy eggs. They get outside, get fresh air, and any bug that goes in the coop/run. Unless you cannot create a run, making a run/coup and keeping your birds in it 24/7 won't be that big of deal after a week. Chickens get used to things, but hate change.

 

summer is coming and you could go out for a bit in the evening with a long stick, and keep them on your side if you wanted to. However, at first, don't let them out. Pretty soon 'out' will be strange and they will be a bit uncomfortable there. 

 

I have found the more you let them out, the farther they range.

 

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post #16 of 18
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I have had to pen mine up due to predators, and they do get used to it. I think they still produce healthy eggs. They get outside, get fresh air, and any bug that goes in the coop/run. Unless you cannot create a run, making a run/coup and keeping your birds in it 24/7 won't be that big of deal after a week. Chickens get used to things, but hate change.

summer is coming and you could go out for a bit in the evening with a long stick, and keep them on your side if you wanted to. However, at first, don't let them out. Pretty soon 'out' will be strange and they will be a bit uncomfortable there. 

I have found the more you let them out, the farther they range.

Mrs K

Thanks, this is helpful. I'm toying with the idea of running temporary fence through part of the yard.. If they are in for a couple of weeks then that smaller area might satisfy them for a supervised run area.
post #17 of 18

I live in town and clip some of my more adventurous chickens wings so they do not go visit neighbors gardens.      Our fence is 6 feet tall and they definately don't get over that.   Most will not jump our shorter garden fence which is probably 3 and half feet tall.  The short fence is not 100%, but close.  None of my girls older than 2 need to be clipped, they just don't jump over any of the fences.

 

Clip both wings, or some will figure out how to still fly over the fence.

 

Good luck.

post #18 of 18
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Same here. I know someone who has clipped duck wings, but I cannot think of anyone who has done chickens.

'Clipping wings' usually means cutting off the flight feathers to reduce flying ability and is done to many chickens, must be repeated after each molt.

'Pinioning' is where the actual wing bones are cut off at the last joint, more often done to waterfowl at hatch, and is a permanent one time deal.

Very different techniques.

 

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I have had to pen mine up due to predators, and they do get used to it. I think they still produce healthy eggs. They get outside, get fresh air, and any bug that goes in the coop/run. Unless you cannot create a run, making a run/coup and keeping your birds in it 24/7 won't be that big of deal after a week. Chickens get used to things, but hate change.

summer is coming and you could go out for a bit in the evening with a long stick, and keep them on your side if you wanted to. However, at first, don't let them out. Pretty soon 'out' will be strange and they will be a bit uncomfortable there. 

I have found the more you let them out, the farther they range.

Mrs K

Thanks, this is helpful. I'm toying with the idea of running temporary fence through part of the yard.. If they are in for a couple of weeks then that smaller area might satisfy them for a supervised run area.

Exactly!

Just make sure your run is adequately sized for the number of birds you have, roofing(solid or mesh) might be a good idea to protect from aerial predators and to keep them in there. Might have to do some water runoff control, and get some bedding(deep litter) in there to mitigate the mud and muck that will arise after they clear the area of vegetation. You could plant grazing frames for some greenery to nibble on.

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!!!

 

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"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."

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