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Can/will hens fly over a 4 foot high fence?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CountryBoy16, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. CountryBoy16

    CountryBoy16 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am looking to expand my chickens' area by fencing in half of my yard. I have a 4 foot chain link fence already in place and i was hoping i could just connect to it. I know that my larger hens will not be able to fly over but i am not sure about some of the smaller ones. All will have a wing clipped and the area that they will be in is very large, around 200 square feet, so I dont even think that they would have any desire to leave. However I would just like to know if anyone knows for sure, Thanks.
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    If their wings are clipped they probably won't go over it... but at four feet, it's an easy jump for any predator.
     
  3. mjanderson437

    mjanderson437 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 1080 sqft run w 6 ft high fence everywhere but the 4 ft gate and my bantam easily hopped out yesterday. But, she doesn't have her wing clipped.
     
  4. Sherrillk

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    Hi...hate to burst your bubble but I clipped one side of the flight feathers of all my girls and I still find two (of the six) of them over the 5' fence into the front yard. My other girls seem happy to stay behind where they free range. I understand that sometimes after clipping, hens will strengthen their muscles on the other side so as to still be able to fly. Looks like I will have to try clipping the other side as well and hope for the best. With any luck, I won't have to raise the fence! Best wishes to you.
     

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