How to keep hens from ranging so far?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Urbanchickens, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. Urbanchickens

    Urbanchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 3 hens, almost 2 yrs old. Every month, they have gradually ranged farther and farther from our yard. They always come home to roost (and lay) so that's not a concern. But they are now scattering our neighbor's mulch, 2 houses down. They hop our fence but they need a good hop and a couple of wing flaps to reach their roost each night. So we truly didn't want to clip their wings. If they'd just travel the opposite direction, they'd have acres of undeveloped land to roam. But no, those landscaped yards to the north are much more appealing apparently. Dang it!

    There must be something inconspicuous we could use for a deterrent, just to turn them around. Fake owl statue? Fake hawk statue?

    Any ideas?

    TIA!
    Karen
     
  2. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It never fails... you can have 100 acres for them and only 10 square feet for your flowers..... and they still want it all!!


    I wish I had something for ya... High fences... or clipped wings.
     
  3. Leah-yes I know I'm crazy

    Leah-yes I know I'm crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine aren't happy till they are ten feet over the property line. Luckily the guy next door likes that they eat bugs.
     
  4. Donnadzitall

    Donnadzitall Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Clip wings and lower the roost? I dunno....Chickens are pretty hard headed and dedicated! [​IMG]
     
  5. Chicken03

    Chicken03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could you make the fence higher? Or maybe put a fence up to keep them from going in that direction?
     

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