I'm sure most of you are tired of answereing the same questions (over and over) to the newbies...but... My hens have a totally enclosed run behind their coop (just dirt now). In front, they have a fenced 'yard'. We used 5' tall, 2x4 welded wire with metal T posts. The last bunch of hens stayed in there without flying over the fence, but the new girls? Nope. I have a young leghorn that has gone over several times and I'm sure the rest will follow eventually. I do let them free range often, so their front yard is grassy, not just dirt. But the farm fields around us have been planted with milo and sorghum which give plenty of cover to predators during the day. Last year we lost two hens in one day. Soon the girls have to be locked up until after harvest. Here's the deal - DH has LOTS to do around here, job takes him away for days at a time, so if there's something that I can handle by myself, that would be best. Position of door on the coop and the gate to the yard do not line up (picture opposite corners of a square), so just putting chicken wire over the top won't work. I don't care if it's a one season only temporary fix. Any ideas? Suggestions? I thought about using nylon twine and running zig zags across their yard, leaving the gate and walk open so I could get to the coop, but then they could fly right over the gate, which is only 4' tall. The only reason that I hesitate to clip wings is when they are free ranging, I want them to have every advantage to get away from stray dogs, whatever.