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Can my girls jump the fence?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Dr.Doorlock, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. Dr.Doorlock

    Dr.Doorlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 21, 2008
    Garland, Texas
    Until I build my run, I am letting my pullets out in the yard. The lowest spot of my cedar fence is 6' tall. They seem to be unable to get more than 2' off the ground. If they manage to get over the fence, they will be doomed to die on the busy road behind my house.

    This has been good exercise for me and the chicks. By the time I catch them, I've gone aerobic.
  2. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    LOL, Sooner or later you may find you have an adventerous soul that will try it. To prevent this, you can clip the flight feathers on one wing.
  3. Dr.Doorlock

    Dr.Doorlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 21, 2008
    Garland, Texas
    Do you know where I can get some instruction. I would hate to clip something my girls would need to get by.
  4. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
  5. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
  6. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    My mother has chickens get over her 6' fence all the time. She gives them a couple of chances and the flight feather get clipped. It doesn't hurt them at all, they just look a little funny. [​IMG]
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I spread some scratch around my yard and my birds are more interested in the scratch than flying over my 4' fence.
  8. Momo

    Momo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2008
    Nelson BC
    I think it depends partly on the breed. Larger chickens tend not to fly as well, but my big EE rooster cleared a 6' fence from a standing start at the base.

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