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Containing my flock

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LunaBella, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. LunaBella

    LunaBella Out Of The Brooder

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    i am having an issue lately with my flock. My yard is completely surrounded by a 4' fence, my flock is free to roam my entire yard, which they do. Lately they have been getting out the yard, which is approximately 2 acres. Will clipping their wings solve this problem?
     
  2. NotSuperWoman

    NotSuperWoman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Clipping their wings will help, but not totally. My hens could hop up onto items that might be along the fence line and hop over from that.

     
  3. krickets

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    Seems likely. Are they breeds that are prone to fly?
     
  4. LunaBella

    LunaBella Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 3 White Leghorns and 3 White Rock (f)/Rhode Island Red (m) mixes. I am fairly new to having chickens, so i am not totally familiar with the breeds and their characteristics.
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Two acres is ample for six birds. Try placing a feeder in center of property near something they might like to stay under or around most of day. Also consider broadcasting scratch, BOSS or some other type of grain in a couple other locations the hens need to walk to. Make them work for eats and cover some ground to do it on your property. It may take a few days to get hens to know where all the eats are located.

    With some breeds / individuals the hens will always be inclined to explore so give them rewards for doing so on your property.
     
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2012
  6. LunaBella

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    Thanks for the input.
     

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