I have neglected clipping the wing feathers on my birds long enough. They are flying over the fence....well some of them are anyway. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side. Well today I found a hen dusting herself in the garden and she had just made herself a nice comfy spot in the carrots that were planted late ( about 2 weeks ago ), so about 1 foot of carrots are gone from the square footer. I put up a quick piece of protection for the garden just in case they somehow get through, but I think I need to clip. Also I noticed the neighbor's black lab was let loose for a run, so I decided it was time for all the girls to get picked up. I wouldn't have had to worry if the flyers hadn't gone AWOL, so for their own protection and for my investment in them, I guess flying is out. One day I plan on my runs being as safe as the coop, with no escapes/ no entries, but for now the quickest fix I can think of is for the left wing feathers to disappear. I'm not looking forward to it. I am believing this will be harder than vaccinating them. Also, sometimes I find a problem and I say to myself,"well this is what I have to do to solve this problem," and I do it and find out that if I had thought the whole thing out, I would have seen it that it wasn't THIS WAY, but THAT WAY that I needed to go. So I am hoping that after I spend about 2 hours clipping my birds wings and getting them all upset, that I don't see something much easier. Anyone with valueable experience regarding my above problem? I love my chickens, but I love my garden too. I only have about 12 hours to change my mind.