The girls (and two fellas) keep escaping- I *think* they are jumpin the perch and then going onto the enclosed run then flying over... Anyway- we went to feed them today and only 9 of the 10 were there- our most prized and loved pullets was missing.... ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? We searched high and low- but the flock really sticks together- even when they escape. Nothing. Then 2 hours later- the dog (who is a bird dog) bring the dead chick (6 weeks) to the front walk way. AGHHHH................................ So- needless to say I must FIX this escaping issue- but I am not 100% sure where they are getting out from... My daughter was crushed as this was her most special EEer. My husband said I had to order more- We wanted a bigger flock than 10 anyway and if we will loose some to "predictors" we need to have more in the flock. I ordered 12 more (got me some partridge rocks- been drooling over those girlies) But my question is are chickens naturally escape artist? I hear goats are horrible for escaping- but it seems my chickens are non stop! We have a 1200sqft dog run area that we have their coop in- I would prefer not to net the whole thing as it has lots of trees in it and lots of black berry bushes that they love to spend their day in. I like to keep it as open as possible (it does have a 4ft fence). But is there something else I should do- or is this just kinda a fact of nature? We are just sad. I know it is his nature to get birds- but NOT THE CHICKENS! They are friend not foe- it seems no matter how much I told him- his dog ears leading to his dog brain just didn't process it!