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Which breed will stay in an open chain link fence?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by tarahtt, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. tarahtt

    tarahtt Chirping

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    Will these breeds remain in a chain linked fence? I'm looking at the Australorp, Favaucana, Wyandotte, and Barnevelder. My grandparents kept some years ago of a different breed, but I know some can jump a fence. They will have a coop as well, but I would like to let them free range when they can.
     

  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    How high is the chain link fence?
     
  3. tarahtt

    tarahtt Chirping

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    Almost 4' tall.
     
  4. Rocky Rhodes

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    If their wings aren't clipped, I think all of those breeds will be able to fly over a 4' fence. Have you ever thought about Silkies?
     
  5. Michael OShay

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    The australorp is the least likely to fly over the fence but I agree with rocky Rhodes, all four breeds will likely fly over a four foot fence unless you clip one wing & even then some of them might get over the fence.
     
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  7. TaraBellaBirds

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    My Brahmas are the only breed I have that stay put! I've heard that Silkies are good for staying in fences as well.
     
  8. tarahtt

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    Thanks! I have thought about silkies before, but i have a big family and can't keep many birds so i was worried that the smaller eggs wouldn't feed as much as the medium/large. I didn't know they couldn't jump the fence though. My grandpa used to keep a bunch of red and black & white chickens in his back yard fence and never had a problem. I think they were barred rocks and rhode island reds.

    I have clipped parakeet wings, i guess it shouldn't be too hard to clip chicken wings. Besides that i have never really handled a chicken before (newbie!)
     
  9. mollybuck

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    some of the larger orpingtons will stay put. i have wyandottes and BA, and I have seen both of those breeds clear a 6 foot fence... so i clipped the feathers on one side. my english orps havent even tried. in fact they dont even care to come out of the run when the gate is open to free range.
     

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