I've been searching the threads but haven't found one that quite covers my issue. I live in a residential house on 1/4 acre, neighbors on two sides and canal bank behind. I have 6 foot fences surrounding the backyard at the moment. My 6 girls are still little fuzzbutts, but I'm trying to plan ahead for the best way to keep the girls in the yard during the day when I'm around. My main concern is that they manage to fly over the fence to my neighbors yard with the 2 pitbulls.....(Yikes). If I extend the fence higher (say 8 or 10 ft?) would that suffice? I'd rather not clip their wings if I can avoid it. I'm in the middle of building a secure coop with an extended run, but I'd like them to be able to roam when I'm home and out working in the yard. Is this a behavioral issue I can train them to?
These are my very first chickens, so I'd appreciate any advice. I do have some fence-extending leeway since I'm in a county island amid a large city.