Electric fence or clip wings?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kuntrychick, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    My teenager pullets & roo have started flying up on top of the fence of their enclosed yard & out into our yard.

    There are already posts up where an electric fence used to be from previous owners. Hubby had taken the wire down because a lot of it was missing & some hanging down all over the place.

    I've never had electric fencing. Is it ok for chickens? Would it solve this problem?

    I don't know what to do. Hoping we can do the electric fence as I don't know anything about clipping wings.
  2. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

    May 11, 2011
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    I don't think electric fence would solve this problem. If they can fly up that high, what's a little bit more to just skip right over a hot wire of an electric fence? Not much, and in my experience, if you bar a chicken from one area, they will seek out and try alternatives until they exhaust all possibilities or succeed in finding one.

    A cheaper, and overall better route would be to put netting or wire over the top of the area they're escaping. They can't fly up/over/through it, and it keeps predators out, too.
  3. peachachecha

    peachachecha Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 2, 2011
    I know nothing of electric fencing, but I did clip one wing on each of my three hens. The very first day that I put my moveable fencing up my Isa Brown flew right over it. I went on youtube and found a few on clipping wings. It was very simple. I have not had any other attempts of flying over the fence. Some people think that clipping the wings does not work but it has worked for me. Clipping one wing keeps them off balance.
  4. cslosberg

    cslosberg Out Of The Brooder

    May 6, 2010
    My teenagers were also flying up and perching on my fence, and on the roof of the coop as well. We clipped their wings, very easy and haven't had a problem since.
  5. bleith

    bleith Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2010
    West Dundee IL
    Clipping wings is easy. Go to u tube and watch a video, that's what i did. Very informative. And it doesn't cost anything:). If that doesn't work I would build some sort of roof over the run
  6. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    Does clipping wings affect the appearance of the chicken in any way? Also, what about if there is a predator or something....they couldn't fly away from it?
  7. hollyehall

    hollyehall New Egg

    Oct 9, 2011
    You won't notice the "clipped wings" as they are feathers that usually hide under the wing. It doesn't hurt the bird, takes only a minute and really works well. First time it's easiest with two people.
  8. dainerra

    dainerra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2011
    they will still be able to fly, much farther than you would think. They just can't get as much lift, so don't go as high.

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