Do your chickens wander into the road?? HELP ME

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LauraG, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. LauraG

    LauraG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello all,

    I have 7 chickens, all 20 weeks old that are free ranging during the day and locked up at night.

    They always stuck close to the house (think on my front porch) but yesterday I went to go run to the store, drove out of my driveway, and there they were---loitering in the road.....[​IMG]

    oh good grief, I started beeping the horn to try to scare them, they sorta just became like huh?? whats that? with their heads all piped up......

    I dont live on a major road, but its still a road....

    I have never seen a dead chicken runned over in the road and I live in a agricultural area, but this scares me. I dont really want to lock them up because I have 5 acres they love to roam around on, but [​IMG]

    Does this happen with anyone else??? I'M planning to make a "watch for chickens" sign today and post it on a tree by the road, but other than that Im at a loss...
     
  2. eustacma

    eustacma New Egg

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    wow i did that once to

    i moved my babies to behind the 2 bay away from road

    when they are in the front yard i wave my arms and chase back down to the lower 48
    never want to seee some teen run them over
     
  3. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    We live on an asphalt road that has LOTS of traffic. The front yard is fenced and we put up a gate across the driveway to completely enclose the front yard after having a hen killed.

    Even though they technically could get under the gate, they usually don't and it's rare to find one on the road now. I found one hen out there the other day when I left to go to town and I stopped and yelled at her to get her "a$$ back to the yard" and she literally RAN back and slid underneath the gate. She knows she isn't supposed to be out there. [​IMG]
     
  4. farmgirl77

    farmgirl77 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have persimmon trees at the end of the driveway. [​IMG] It drives me crazy and I don't have a solution.
     
  5. Sootsie

    Sootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it possible to just fence off the road or a tempory fence to contain the chickens that you can move around your property.
     
  6. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Can you put up a gate across the driveway and fence the trees in?
     
  7. birdsNbeesNseeds

    birdsNbeesNseeds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:These are probably the best things to get if you don't build a fence. Otherwise, you WILL lose chickens. To cars, loose dogs or other animals, etc. Sooner or later. (Likely sooner.)

    A sign won't do anything. 5 acres is nothing. I had 5 acres and it wasn't enough for anything. I still got complaints. I want 100 minimum next time so I can have a HUGE buffer zone.
     
  8. bywaterdog

    bywaterdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do your chickens wander into the road??


    Only to cross it, but I've never figured out why.[​IMG]
     
  9. Kate in CT

    Kate in CT Out Of The Brooder

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    Harold the hen is our friendliest (and nosiest) BO. She and her cohorts have a couple of "spa" spots in the front yard, but they don't seem inclined to go out in the road. We live on a highly travelled state highway. It's not uncommon to have tractor trailers blow by at 50+ mph. I'm sure the noise of the traffic helps keep the girls out of the road.

    However, the day came when I went across the street to get the mail. Sure enough, as I was turning to come back across, there was Harold, halfway across the road looking to see what I was up to. Fortunately, I yelled and a car went by so she retreated.

    My point? The reason the chicken crossed the road, of course! TO GET THE MAIL!
     
  10. LauraG

    LauraG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks all.

    I have over 520' of road frontage & although I would love to fence it off, financially thats not a reality for me.

    I am still going to put up a sign, I know when I see someone posted an animal crossing sign, I at least look out for the animal and do take my foot off the gas...if nothing else
     

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