We've got 16 pullet layers that we are free ranging. They have the run of our 2+ acres and generally are just fun to watch as they run around the yard.
One problem: They like to hang out on our deck. And while there, they do what chickens do... do do.
Any thoughts about how to train them to stay off? We've been chasing them off, sending the dog after them (he's a gentle giant and wouldn't hurt a feather, but he likes to round them up - useful when I need to gather them up during the day ). I've turned the hose on them (It's stays on the deck now to spray the poop off!).
Any thoughts? The deck is at ground level and can't be gated.