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Need suggestions on keeping hens from perching on door

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Kerrybun, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. Kerrybun

    Kerrybun Hatching

    Feb 22, 2012
    My hens are hopping from their ramp into the automatic door, to top of coop and then on to the 6 foot wooden privacy fence. So far I have lured them down before they go over but I can't watch them 24-7.
    I was thinking if there were some way to keep them from perching on top of the door that would stop the progression to over the fence. Does anyone have suggestions?
    I have already clipped one wing but they are young birds and light enough to still flutter pretty high.

  2. Pictures would help...

    But, without pictures, 'bird spikes' or 'fence spikes' or 'security spikes' mounted just above the door or on the roof might be an option...
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2016
  3. billygoat162

    billygoat162 Chirping

    Apr 19, 2016
    American Southwest
    I had an issue with chickens perching in the doorway to the roost that I solved by cutting a large V into the 2x4 they were perching on. I imagine that if you made the door hard to perch on either by making it too uneven or putting something uncomfortable on it(brambles or pigeon spikes) they wouldn't go up there.

    A lot of my fencing is low enough for a chicken to jump onto, but is overgrown with vines that don't give them a spot to land or perch on. I've seen them looking, but after a while they give up. I haven't had a single one escape over the fence yet.

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