Hey folks, I've got a doozy of a pickle here, hope I can get some thoughts... We've got a 10-acre orchard and we let our chickens free-range the whole property. Chicken coops are in the North/West corner, got about 100 birds, mostly egg layers (big girls, not really flyers). Problem: 600-feet away on the SouthWest corner they recently discovered our front lawn and surrounding landscape, most annoying'; they scratch soil & mulch out onto the driveway and walkways, looks VERY messy....so they have 10 acres and about 10-15 birds routinely visit our front area on a daily basis and even hang-out there, ughh!!!!!!!! There are 2 paths/areas leading to the front landscaped yard. One route is a 10-feet opening which I built a 3-foot high wood fence...I've not seen a single bird fly over it, that route is cut-off. The remaining path, on the other side of our house, is our driveway and some open area which measures about 25-feet wide. I'd build the same kind of 3-foot fence but we have to drive up & down that driveway all day long. So here's the thing...I was going to buy a volleyball net and string that across the area to block them. It will NOT be fun but I'd create some kind of 'beams' on both sides of the net which detects cars and then releases tension on the net to allow it to drop and be run-over by cars before popping-up again. I'm good with technology, tools and being clever (any good farmer is)...but this is a lot of work....I want to think this through before spending time/energy/money My first concern is that, to get to their precious perusing ground they may fly over the 3-foot net. I don't think this will happen, the other 3-foot fence stopped them. Also, my neighbor down the street has 1,500 birds and his similar height net which keeps his birds penned-in. Seems a 3-foot obstacle without a firm perch atop would probably do the trick...you think? (that's question #1) Next thought....it's pretty much always the same pack of birds up there...led by a big fat rooster whom I'm not too attached to. Sometimes there's an accompanying rooster but he's also on the okay-to-get-rid-of list. So here's question #2....if I remove the escorting rooster(s) will this stop the pack from going up there? I had one other thought...I could run a 'beam' about 4-5 inches off the ground and across that 25-foot wide area...when a chicken breaches the beam I could have a loud siren or something LOUD go off...this may scare them back. That'd be a whole lot easier then that fancy net with the car sensors that lowers/raises the net each time a car comes in or out. I could put it on a timer so it didn't make noise at night. I'm not going to let poultry beat me...thoughts? And feel free to be brilliant & insightful!