I've owned chickens for just over one year now and the entire time, I have been battling with keeping the chickens confined so they do not roam where they do not belong. Initially I fenced in a 25X60 foot area with a 5' fence. When my hens (all large breeds) learned how to get over the fence, I extended it by another 18". They still scaled the fence. They actually flew as high as they could up the fence, then flapped and climbed to the top, rested and then jumped down over the other side. So, I clipped their wings. They still flap and climb over the fence. Finally two weeks ago, I put up bird netting over the entire penned area. I ran errands today and was away from the house for about 4 hours. I came home to find 6 hens roaming the yard (and my newly planted veggie garden) and one hen caught in the bird netting, dead. My heart is broken. I need to contain them because they just cause too much damage to my gardens, but I'm at a loss as to what to do next. Their wings are clipped, they shouldn't be able to get over a 6 1/2 foot fence yet they do. I'm ready to just give up and rehome all of them. I love my chickens very much, but as soon as I turn my back they are looking to escape and destroy my gardens, not to mention my neighbors beds. Can anyone suggest something, anything. Keep in mind my husband is not a carpenter and we are on a fixed budget right now. I'm desparate. If I can't contain them safely, I can't keep them. Thank you.