Keeping them out of certain areas?!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by iBoodle, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. iBoodle

    iBoodle Songster

    May 10, 2011
    My chickens love to chill on my patio, and poop there too!
    My parents are sick of it, and I am sick of spraying poop off the cement multipule times a day.
    Is there anyway to keep them off it? I don't have an enclosed area for them (yet) other than the coop that is raised 3 feet off the ground.

    I don't know if you guys have any tips; but please tell me if you do!


  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    The only way to keep them off of your patio is to confine them. We have many gardens and we used to free range my birds but they were getting into the gardens and destroying them so we decided we needed to make a fenced in yard for the birds. Over the years our flocks has expanded and now we have more coops and yards for each coop. I do have breeding programs so I separate the flocks into breeding groups.


    We built shade tables for shade for the birds. They were pooping on them so we put wire around the tops to keep them off.
  3. froggiesheins

    froggiesheins Crowing

    Oct 14, 2010
    Jurupa Valley, CA
    YUP, the ONLY way to keep them off/away from something is to fence them in OR you have to sit out there with them and chase them away [which you will get tired of doing very quickly] LOL. Time for the fencing.......[​IMG]
  4. iBoodle

    iBoodle Songster

    May 10, 2011
    Thanks for your replies!

    cmom- what a nice set up your chickens have!

    froggie-yes, I used the hose yesterday to scare them away (mind you, I didn't spray them, I just scared them away) and it seemed to work. But I will definitely not be doing it all day every day!

    Time for my dad to build my chicken run!
  5. homesteadapps

    homesteadapps Songster

    Nov 8, 2010
    24 " chicken netting around the patio should discourage them enough to go somewhere else.

    It's fun to watch that small of a fence keep them out when they could jump right over .

    Once our garden is planted, we fence it in this way with temporary poles that are $2.00 to $2.40 each at Lowes --wood stakes could be used for this too.

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