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Straying chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by flapjackfarm, May 3, 2017.

  1. We allow our girls to free range our 5 acres. Within the last few weeks they've begun wandering across the road to the neighbors and being a nuisance. I don't want to have to lock them back in their pen because I know they're truly happy. Does anyone have any suggestions on keeping them in the yard?

  2. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Songster

    Naughty girls! [​IMG] I had some free range chickens with wanderlust, too, and even though the neighbors didn't mind (luckily, they don't have flower beds or a garden!), once I realized that they were regularly leaving the property, I fenced them in. I clip their wings and use 4' welded wire fencing to contain them in areas that aren't already fenced with field fencing.
  3. I think they're causing some damage to her flower gardens [​IMG] It's just a few of the 17, but I know who my repeat offenders are. I may have to lock them up for a while. Boo.
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.

    To be a responsible chicken owner, you will need to lock them up. It may be a few right now, but the rest might get it in their little chicken brains that it's a good idea to follow.
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Habitat management can be used to direct ranging habits. As can social engineering.
    Last edited: May 4, 2017
  6. WesleyBeal

    WesleyBeal Chirping

    Nov 28, 2016
    Douglas County, Minnesota
    Mine have been getting more bold in their explorations as well. Not quite but getting close to visiting the small cemetery that abuts our property. Sigh. Neighbors are thankfully further away, and I can find out if services are taking place and keep them penned up at home those days if I have to.

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