So I've been having a problem with all of my chickens deciding they're nice big yard wasn't enough for them and they’ve been hopping the fence so that now I've had to keep them locked up for over the winter while I've been saving for a new type of fencing situation. Now originally, this might not have been a problem. But these ladies moved in downstairs and they are the snooty, inconsiderate/rude types of neighbours, who act polite with others only to get their way and seem nice when really their not, with 3 vicious dogs to boot, and well… we’ll just leave it at that… With my chickens, it’s gotten to the point where the very minute I let them out and go inside to look out my window… I see all of my chickens running around outside having a good ol’ time far from home! It’s only lucky for me that all of my chickens are well trained enough so that they came running right back as soon as I called them with a grain bucket. Also lucky that my black Australorps which I had just bought and didn’t get to associate much with before this happened followed suit with the others no problem. That being said, I need ideas to help me figure out a way to keep these pesky chickens inside their own pasture! These chickens have so far jumped as much as up to a 7 ft wire fence, by accident, and regularly jump 6 ft to get into my horse’s pasture and they’re original fence line which is a wood frame and netting type of cheap fencing I measured to be only about 4 ft. My yard is basically a square, with the 7 ft wire fence at the back over majority of the section, the 6ft wire fence on the left side, and the rest of the pasture surrounded by the 4 ft wooden+wire fencing. The original fence will have to stay there, and I do not want to stay in this specific house forever so building a new and expensive permanent fence is not ideal. I have various breeds, most of them supposedly heavy-weight breeds from what I’ve been reading, but yet they are all capable of flying such great heights. Rhode Islands, Wyandottes, a Cochin, Americaunas, and my Australorps so far. 21 chickens in total, so cutting wings is not an option. I've been looking at this type of fencing, see here for a picture: http://www.profence.org/products/woven-wire/nggallery/slideshow/ Which keep in mind is the same type of fencing that is at the back of their yard, which my baby Australorps had no problem flying to the top of. In my coop my chickens also like to squish themselves up to the roof and fly that very same distance from the ground to the top, onto some sort of support wire that sticks out and runs through the entire building. They sure are silly, having themselves crouch up in there like bats when they could just skip down a level onto a proper perch. So my concern is if I plan to get the 8 ft version of this do you think that they will still jump over it too? The wire fence is strong which makes me think that the chickens should have no problem just chilling up on it as they've already proven that they don't seem to mind the wire on their feet too much. But I’ve seen many places use shorter versions of it as well who have never even heard of chickens jumping over fences. I’ve also been looking at some deer netting, which would be more desirable because you can't see it as much. I’d hate having my yard look like a big ugly prison! I actually just got some today, but I think the measurements on the package are wrong as it says it's 7 ft tall but standing it up in its package it’s only about 3 1/2 ft?? I hope that it’s just packed really well, but if it’s only so tall I will try to make it work by putting it over top of the existing fence. But I have to wait until I will be able to have enough time to set it up either this weekend or the next to see for sure. With a 30 day guarantee that should be enough time to see if the chickens will try and trample it down. As well as see how well it holds up in the rainy weather.