How do I keep my chickens in the yard???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by eggsellent, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. eggsellent

    eggsellent Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 27, 2010
    South Central Indiana
    We do not have a fence, nor do any neighbors. The neighbors do not mind the chickens so far but I still want to keep them in my yard when free ranging without buying a fence. Any Ideas?
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I'm sorry to say that you'll need a fence. Even then, depending on the breed they can sometimes fly over fences. Chickens are escape artists too,but I think more importantly you would want a fence to keep predators from going after your chickens. Chickens are a favorite food for all predators!
  3. eggsellent

    eggsellent Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 27, 2010
    South Central Indiana
    I have a coop and run and would only be letting them out to free range part of the day. I guess my question is, are there ways of discouraging them from going out of the yard or maybe a training aid of some sort? Also I plan to clip their wings as well. Thanks in advance!
  4. bantybev

    bantybev Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 11, 2009
    SW Michigan
    If you free range with clipped do they get away from predators? Why clip wings if they are free ranging, I guess is my question?
  5. FluffyChic

    FluffyChic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2010
    Monroe, NC
    We let our chickens free range different parts of the day, generally if I'm out and around the yard already. The only way I've been able to keep them around our yard is to give them a few treats to get them back in. Once they realize when I call them they get a treat, sometimes I don't have to give them one it just re-directs them to the backyard instead of the front or by the neighbors. I will be putting a fence up soon though, as they really are escape artists and LOVE my neigbor's compost pile [​IMG]. Hope that helps a bit.
  6. eggsellent

    eggsellent Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 27, 2010
    South Central Indiana
    I guess I do not have to, I really did not think of it that way! I am a total newbie at this! I just want to make sure when I put the chickens up I don't have to run all over the neighborhood to gather them up!
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Fence is still the best answer. It's the only thing that will stop them from walking all over. It will also slow down predators, so good fencing is really a must.
  8. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I would never free range unsupervised without a fence. Too much chance of a dog getting out in the neighborhood.
    Before I had my fence, I had a portable tractor that I moved to fresh grass every day -- and I let them out 2 house before dark while I was home watching. They didn't go far in that time, but they DID go to the neighbors (who like chickens) and they put themselves to bed nicely.

    I have a perimeter fence now, so I clip the wings to keep them in.
  9. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    If you build a good fence, you can let the chickens put themselves up! [​IMG] You really cannot keep a chicken trained to your yard and you will appreciate a good fence if a stray dog wanders through your neighborhood. I wouldn't attempt to free range without a good fence around your perimeter.
  10. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    collars and leashes?

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