Keeping chickens off porch?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Liv's chickens, Nov 12, 2019.

  1. Liv's chickens

    Liv's chickens Chirping

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    Hello everybody! I have been struggling with keeping the birds off of the front porch. I definitely would still like to free range, but the girls love to jump on the porch and make a mess. Does anyone have any tips or ideas that have worked for them? I’d love to hear
    Thanks!
     
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  2. Arbutus Peregrine

    Arbutus Peregrine Songster

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    What do they tend to do on the porch? You could try re-creating that atmosphere and experience in a more convenient or desirable location! I'd create a hunt... put treats in different spots in your yard but not the porch! Do it regularly so their first instinct is to go search those spots. If the porch gets nice sunlight with good roost spots... then try to find another place where you can put roost spots or bathing spots in the sun.
     
  3. Arbutus Peregrine

    Arbutus Peregrine Songster

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    Or they might just feel particularly safe on the porch? Make sure they have other "safe" zones they can access.
     
  4. oldhen2345

    oldhen2345 Songster

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    The only way I could keep them off the patio and out of the garden was to put a 4 ft fence up. I had to put pieces of wire in a triangle on top of the 4x4's because my silly girls can jump that high. My back yard is fairly big, so I just cut it into sections - the chicken yard starts about 20-30 feet from the patio and about 60 feet across and about 70 feet deep. I only have a few chickens. The dogs and I have the rest. Works well for me. I do have to clip a wing to keep them in the chicken yard though. The fence is just pig wire on T bars, but this is also inside a 6 ft privacy fence around the whole yard. I do have a coop with a covered hardwire run that I can put the chickens in when I need to.
     
  5. CindyinSD

    CindyinSD Free Ranging

    I don’t usually have chickens on our wrap-around deck, but once in a while we’ll look out the sliding glass door to see a turkey gal looking in at us. :lau They’re so curious and funny. I always gently chase them off—they fly down... too high for a hen in the back portion. IDK... when they get on the porch, shoo them off. Our deck has two entrances—a low stairway in front and a high, steep one in back, which is where the birds are (except for the more venturesome ones). Hens sometimes get up on the low side, but rarely. If it were a problem I could put netting across the stairways. I think that would stop them. Not much help though, if you have a wide open porch.
     
  6. Liv's chickens

    Liv's chickens Chirping

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    Thanks so much for all the great suggestions! They are highly appreciated!
     

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