We live in a suburban neighborhood surrounded by 6' fences. I like to allow my 5 girls free-range as much as possible but my husband's pet-peeve is chicken poop on our patio. I don't know if it's the warmth of the afternoon sun or what, but the chickens are drawn to it like a fish to water! I read in a book one time about putting tubing into the ground and putting poles attached to fencing into them as a temporary fencing method. I'm considering this surrounding the patio perimeter, but for other suburban "peeps" out there, what do you do to block off your patio - or do you? Thanks!