Eager to Escape?

tiedyemommy

Songster
5 Years
Apr 13, 2014
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Over the past couple of days, I have noticed some alarming behavior with a couple of my chickens (my Leghorn & one of my EEs)...

"Fred", the Leghorn, made her way onto the roof of their coop the other day...approximately 3ft from the fence, where she could easily have flown away. Luckily I talked her down with little issue.




Today "Fred" & one of our unnamed Easter Eggers were perched on top of the fence (that separates our yard from our neighbors' yard)...my husband went around into the neighbors' yard and shoo'd them off the fence.

The first instance wasn't provoked by any event, but the second instance was shortly after we'd tried to catch a couple of them (for a friendly snuggle). Could they be reacting to too much excitement, or should we be worried they are eager to escape? Also...how can we prevent this from happening without restricting their area (ie; wire at the top of the fence, etc)? Their "run" is a 400sq/ft fenced off section of our yard...8ft tall fences. I don't want to run the risk of losing them to their own curiosity...but I also don't want to clip their wings. Any suggestions?


- TieDyeMommy
 
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earlybird10842

Good Morning!
7 Years
Over the past couple of days, I have noticed some alarming behavior with a couple of my chickens (my Leghorn & one of my EEs)...

"Fred", the Leghorn, made her way onto the roof of their coop the other day...approximately 3ft from the fence, where she could easily have flown away. Luckily I talked her down with little issue.




Today "Fred" & one of our unnamed Easter Eggers were perched on top of the fence (that separates our yard from our neighbors' yard)...my husband went around into the neighbors' yard and shoo'd them off the fence.

The first instance wasn't provoked by any event, but the second instance was shortly after we'd tried to catch a couple of them (for a friendly snuggle). Could they be reacting to too much excitement, or should we be worried they are eager to escape? Also...how can we prevent this from happening without restricting their area (ie; wire at the top of the fence, etc)? Their "run" is a 400sq/ft fenced off section of our yard...8ft tall fences. I don't want to run the risk of losing them to their own curiosity...but I also don't want to clip their wings. Any suggestions?


- TieDyeMommy
Odd.
Are there any direct dangers to them outside the run?
Would you consider free-ranging them with supervision a few times a week, so their sudden hunger to explore is satisfied?
 

tiedyemommy

Songster
5 Years
Apr 13, 2014
709
46
113
Austin, Texas
Odd.
Are there any direct dangers to them outside the run?
Would you consider free-ranging them with supervision a few times a week, so their sudden hunger to explore is satisfied?
There are no direct dangers outside their run (which is a 400sq/ft fenced-off section of our yard). I initially thought it was provoked by my daughter's tendency to chase them every chance she got...but I've gotten her to calm down, and occasionally they still hop on top of their coop door. New theories include access to a rain tree they like to eat the leaves off of, or bullying by our ducks. Looking into both to see what the motivator could be. I wouldn't want to keep them cooped up most of the time...they were all raised with a large area to run around in, and I don't think it would be fair to restrict them now. We may soon re-home our ducks, and with my daughter calming down & not chasing them so much, I believe the chickens won't be so eager to tempt fate.

Thank you for the suggestions, ideas!
- TieDyeMommy
 
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