keeping my chicken from jumping the fence

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by julie 3, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. julie 3

    julie 3 Hatching

    Jun 9, 2013
    Amesbury, Ma
    She is a leg horn, and I clipped one of her wings, but she still can make it to the top of the 6 foot fence. I thought of tying a weight to her leg. Has anyone tried this or have some other sugestion on keeping her on the ground. I have only had chickens for 1 year now.
  2. BrendaJ

    BrendaJ Songster

    Sep 1, 2012
    You might want to try trimming the wing shorter. Its makes them off balanced & she shouldn't be able to get up that high. Does she have places to perch in the coop/run? I wouldn't recommend tying anything to the legs - you might end up with worse issues.
  3. The Chickeneer

    The Chickeneer ~A Morning's Crow~

    Sometimes with chickens like that, I will clip both wings short or just clip the primary flight feathers off one wing, then clip all of them on the other wing so it's off balance. I wouldn't tie weights to the legs, it could end in walking issues.
  4. julie 3

    julie 3 Hatching

    Jun 9, 2013
    Amesbury, Ma
    Thank you I will give it a try.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Does she land on top of the fence before going over?
    If so, you can put a foot or so of floppy chicken wire along top of the fence, the instability throws them off.
  6. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Songster

    Jan 17, 2010
    Wittmann, AZ
    I have leghorns. Instead og ttying to keep them down what I did was goto lowes & buy some fencing with the 2 inch wide by 4 inch tall squares. I cut it in half long ways. I then added it to the top of my chainlink fence, bending it inwards a little at the top. So when I do choose to coop, no one gets out. :)
  7. ErikaSmit

    ErikaSmit In the Brooder

    Jul 27, 2011
    Schererville, IN
    Our flyers got primary flight feathers clipped on both sides. Haven't been an issues since, but we've also added things for them to jump and climb on...
  8. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Chickens can still fly when you clip their wings, but maybe not well enough to escape a predator. A leghorn could probably fly straight up on top of a barn. I do not cut wings anymore. If they can't stand on top of the fence they usually won't go over it. That is why poultry netting works so well.
  9. bassplayer5

    bassplayer5 Hatching

    Jun 5, 2013
    Clipping the wings didn't work. This sounds funny, but it worked! I put up some colored reflective party steamers on the posts and along the top of the fence, and it has been one week and no escapes since! It was happening on a daily basis, so I am 100% convinced!
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  10. Jane Boone

    Jane Boone In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2014
    I am sure going to try your suggestion. I've only got 5 hens, but 2 of them are determined to get over the fence several times a day. [​IMG]

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