Fence jumpers

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Doodle's Dad, May 24, 2017.

  1. Doodle's Dad

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    I have cut the flight feathers from all 6 chickens, but a couple of them have gotten over our 5ft fence since. Maybe making sure I cut them properly is my next to do list. Is this the right train of thought? Should I do anything else?
     
  2. Kates Chooks

    Kates Chooks Out Of The Brooder

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    I have tried wing clipping too, but a determined chicken can still get over a fence. I free ranged my very first flock inside a very large area with 4-½ ' fence. You would think with such a large free range area, they would stay in there and be happy. Nope, eventually they wanted 'more to explore'. Years passed. Starting over, my new flock will be in a covered run.
     
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Breed selection matters here, and then that covered run works best. Mine wander over several acres of brush and pasture or are in their coop and enclosed run. Mary
     
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    did you clip both wings? It is often more effective to clip just one wing on each bird rather than both. Clipping both wings can sometimes leave the bird able to overcome the missing feathers enough for some flight, clipping one wing can serve to throw the bird off balance and prevent such flight.
     
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  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    It may not be realistic, but covering the fence, so the chickens cannot see the other side can act as a deterrent. However, since your flock knows what's over there, it may not work.
     
  6. Hamiam

    Hamiam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree. I've always clipped 1 wing only. And as soon as I saw one was starting to fly again, I knew it was time for a chicken round up & they all got clipped again.
     
  7. Ol Grey Mare

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    Depending on the amount of fence we're talking about, another option is to install a topper that comes in at 45 degree angle and is a foot or more in size -- the reason this can work is that chickens tend to walk clear up to the barrier (fence) and then try to get over it. Because of this they will rise up at the fence line and end up impacting the angled barrier at the top rather than going over the fence. It can be done with bird netting, poultry netting or other wire/mesh style materiel.
     
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  8. Hamiam

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    This maybe a good option
     
  9. Kates Chooks

    Kates Chooks Out Of The Brooder

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    I do want to caution people when they decide to clip wings. Look before you clip. Check the feather shafts first. If there are one or more that look engorged, bluish color, that feather is being fed by blood and developing. Do not cut it. You will have a bleeder on your hands. Good idea about the angled top barrier!
     
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  10. Ljc01

    Ljc01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had to clip one wing on my EE. She has stayed in the yard since.
     

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