My ladies are escaping!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CrazyFowlFreak, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. CrazyFowlFreak

    CrazyFowlFreak Pine Hill Farm

    Apr 24, 2009
    They're flying over the fence in their 40X150ft. fenced in "free range" area. They're laying their eggs in the brush RIGHT NEXT TO THE DARN FENCE!!! They are fed and are little piggies, they have TONS of room to free range and feed on bugs, tall grasses. seeds, etc. They sleep on the top of their run, not inside the coop (even in the coldest days of this past winter), they only lay in the coop. Now they're flying out to lay eggs and hang a runabout and then back in for bedtime. Why? What can I do? Should I lock them in the coop? Clip all of their wings? What? I am ready to blow my top. We spent over $800 fencing in an area just for them! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  2. MikasGirl

    MikasGirl Songster

    Apr 17, 2009
    Coos Bay, OR
    Clip their wings. But only clip one because otherwise they will be balanced again and might be able to fly out. The other option is a roof, but that would cost more money.. I'd say clip the wings. Good luck! [​IMG]
  3. americancowboy

    americancowboy In the Brooder

    Jun 7, 2010
    my chickens rarely sleep in their coop also. you just have to take the time to either lock them in the coop or not worry about it. As for them flying over the fence, maybe dont feed them while they are outside of the fence but once they get back give them lots of feed and entice them with a few worms or yogurt.
  4. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    I guess the grass is always greener...

    Try clipping their wings (just one wing, it really unbalances them).

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