flying the coop

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by davecash, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. davecash

    davecash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    alright my new additions, the 2 sex linked, 1 astrolop, 2 buff orpingtons flew ontop of their little coop which is like a lkarge doghouse and flew ontop of the fense to roost.. well i dont want them roosting there, they then flew into the other chickens pen, the chiclkens pen they flew into are violent.. how do i stop this, or will it stop on its own once thye realize this is where their suppoused to go?
     
  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my opinion, put deer netting over the pen. I have it over all my pens and it keeps the birds from flying out as well as keeping raptors out.
     
  3. davecash

    davecash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how much does deer netting cost?
     
  4. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
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    Last year I bought 7x50' rolls at Lowes for around $12. It's probably more now. It's made to keep deer out of gardens, which it doesn't do, but works great to put over pens. I would never use it as a side fence for birds as they can get a foot caught, but for the top it's great. They fly, hit the net, and drop back down. No damage done.

    One more thing, if you go this way, be sure to tie it to the top of the fence all the way around to stop the birds from trying to roost on top of the fence.
     
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  5. davecash

    davecash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well id like to not do anything to the top.. will they get used to their environment?
     
  6. Mulemom

    Mulemom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bird netting works too, and it's cheeper. Neither one are very expensive. You can get it at Home Depot or places like, in the garden dept.
     
  7. davecash

    davecash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    will they get used to their environment? eventually?
     
  8. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm. Interesting. Around here the deer netting is cheaper than bird netting.....

    Yes, they will get used to their environment, but, if they're adult birds chances are they'll still try to get out from time to time. Plus hawks can come into the run, that's how I lost my best Marans hens. You will have to keep catching them and putting them back every evening unless you can lock them up for a week or so in their coop.
     
  9. davecash

    davecash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we dont have problems with hawks,etc around here. my other chickens didnt do this when i got them...
     
  10. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    They will get used to their enviroment... they'll get used to flying out of it, like they are already doing.
     

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