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How do I keep my chickens in the yard???

post #1 of 22
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We do not have a fence, nor do any neighbors. The neighbors do not mind the chickens so far but I still want to keep them in my yard when free ranging without buying a fence. Any Ideas?

Mom to 2 ornery kids, wife to one patient husband, chicken mom to 2 Australorps, and 9 golden comets, and food provider to one very well behaved lab mix.
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Mom to 2 ornery kids, wife to one patient husband, chicken mom to 2 Australorps, and 9 golden comets, and food provider to one very well behaved lab mix.
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post #2 of 22

I'm sorry to say that you'll need a fence. Even then, depending on the breed they can sometimes fly over fences. Chickens are escape artists too,but I think more importantly you would want a fence to keep predators from going after your chickens. Chickens are a favorite food for all predators!


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post #3 of 22
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I have a coop and run and would only be letting them out to free range part of the day. I guess my question is, are there ways of discouraging them from going out of the yard or maybe a training aid of some sort? Also I plan to clip their wings as well. Thanks in advance!

Mom to 2 ornery kids, wife to one patient husband, chicken mom to 2 Australorps, and 9 golden comets, and food provider to one very well behaved lab mix.
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Mom to 2 ornery kids, wife to one patient husband, chicken mom to 2 Australorps, and 9 golden comets, and food provider to one very well behaved lab mix.
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post #4 of 22

If you free range with clipped wings....how do they get away from predators? Why clip wings if they are free ranging, I guess is my question?

Momma hen to 4 human kids, 1 African Grey parrot, 1 cockatiel, 1 conure parrot, 1 large dog, 6 kitties, a box turtle, and 6 OEG, 1 pyncheon, 1 seabright, 5 D'Uccles, 1 Sultan, 5 silkie bantams...so far
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Momma hen to 4 human kids, 1 African Grey parrot, 1 cockatiel, 1 conure parrot, 1 large dog, 6 kitties, a box turtle, and 6 OEG, 1 pyncheon, 1 seabright, 5 D'Uccles, 1 Sultan, 5 silkie bantams...so far
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post #5 of 22

We let our chickens free range different parts of the day, generally if I'm out and around the yard already.  The only way I've been able to keep them around our yard is to give them a few treats to get them back in.  Once they realize when I call them they get a treat, sometimes I don't have to give them one it just re-directs them to the backyard instead of the front or by the neighbors.  I will be putting a fence up soon though, as they really are escape artists and LOVE my neigbor's compost pile wink.  Hope that helps a bit.

Meghann
~Mama to 2 beautiful girls, 15 chickens, 2 pygmy goats, and a mini-dachshund puppy!!!
Blessed wifey to one AMAZING Hubby!!!~
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post #6 of 22
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I guess I do not have to, I really did not think of it that way! I am a total newbie at this! I just want to make sure when I put the chickens up I don't have to run all over the neighborhood to gather them up!

Mom to 2 ornery kids, wife to one patient husband, chicken mom to 2 Australorps, and 9 golden comets, and food provider to one very well behaved lab mix.
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Mom to 2 ornery kids, wife to one patient husband, chicken mom to 2 Australorps, and 9 golden comets, and food provider to one very well behaved lab mix.
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post #7 of 22

Fence is still the best answer. It's the only thing that will stop them from walking all over. It will also slow down predators, so good fencing is really a must.

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Don't get all your exercise leaping to conclusions!

Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you.
Chicken Tender of 20 years

 

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post #8 of 22

I would never free range unsupervised without a fence. Too much chance of a dog getting out in the neighborhood.
Before I had my fence, I had a portable tractor that I moved to fresh grass every day -- and I let them out 2 house before dark while I was home watching. They didn't go far in that time, but they DID go to the neighbors (who like chickens) and they put themselves to bed nicely.


I have a perimeter fence now, so I clip the wings to keep them in.

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One thing is for sure. The price of a dead hen is a dead pred.
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post #9 of 22

If you build a good fence, you can let the chickens put themselves up!  wink  You really cannot keep a chicken trained to your yard and you will appreciate a good fence if a stray dog wanders through your neighborhood.  I wouldn't attempt to free range without a good fence around your perimeter.

post #10 of 22

collars and leashes?

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