"Farm1" <[email protected]> wrote in
> <[email protected]> wrote in message
>> Randy wrote:
>> > You will need some kind of fence over the top to keep
>> > them in.
>> I'm talking about confining them to a yard. Maybe a
>> thousand or
>> square feet. A fence over the top is out of the question.
>> Isn't the purpose of wing clipping to keep them from going
>> over a fence?
> My hens live in about a quarter acre fenced area with a
> fully netted (sides and top) night house/yard configuration
> in one corner. They are locked into the night house/yard
> each night or they are dead (periodic fox incursion). The
> acre yard is surrounded by 1" chicken wire simple fence
> that is floppy in some parts and from about 4 ft high to
> about 5 ft high. The chooks have never got out and they
> ahve also never got out through the fox holes either (but
> they are surprisingly small). I have kept hens here (of
> mixed and various breed) for about 15 years. They've also
> never seemed to show any interest in trying to get out.
have yours ever been free ranging though? i've found that the
younger chooks are more than happy to stay in the yard until
they've been out to free range. after a week of that, they
don't stay in nearly as well.
i suspect one needs to decide one way or the other, or resign
ones self to roofing the pen &/or clipping wings.
we'll be roofing our pen over the next couple weeks, since
we're going off for a weekend & need to make it easy on the
chicken sitter. as long as they stay in the pen all a sitter
has to do is open the coop door in the AM & close it at night
(and collect the eggs). we fill the feeders before we leave &
they have a 10 gallon waterer inside & a 30 gallon waterer in
the pen outside.
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