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The Best Laid Plans

Remember when I told you about all the hard work we did fencing our chicken yard?

Teaching children to work hard

We spent the better part of 2 days cutting wires, stretching yards and yards of fencing, and securing it into place.

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And this is where our chickens are today.

That’s not the chicken yard, in case you are wondering. It’s my front yard. Where they aren’t supposed to be.

I was hoping fencing them in would actually keep them in, but they are flying the coop, literally.

It looks like our next step will be clipping their wings, which I was hoping to avoid, not because I’m tender hearted (it doesn’t hurt the chickens anyway) but simply because I dread having to catch and wrangle 19 chickens.

The children have been begging to bring home some of the new baby chicks we see whenever we go into Tractor Supply, but we will have to see if we can keep these ladies where they belong before we bring any newcomers home.

I’ll keep you updated on our wing clipping adventures and hopefully add pictures here of some new, fluffy peepers.

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  1. Jennifer says:

    Now that you have your fencing in place starting over with new chicks might be the best way. What you’d do with the big girls you already have would be a whole other problem.

  2. I don’t know how large your run is, but have you considered topping it with bird netting? We did this for our 20×30 run and it kept all of the chickens in and kept out all but 1 hawk. The hawk only killed 1 bird, as it freaked out since it felt trapped. We used just the bagged bird netting one might put over a berry bush.

  3. I’ve never clipped wings before, but I’ve heard that doing it after they roost at night makes it easier. Supposedly, there’s less “wrangling.” And catching.

    Our local Tractor Supply doesn’t have sexed chicks, so if you don’t want roosters you may want to check a local feed and seed store. That’s where we get ours, and they’re all hens.

  4. Too funny! We are a family of 6, living in a small urban space now. However, I came to discover/love your blog through In-a-Shoe. At that time, we too had chickens and a more country lifestyle!

    Clipping one wing makes for a nice off-kilter chicken who will have a hard time getting lift and exiting the pen. Worth a try! :)

    Your blog is still amusing and encouraging as ever.

    Fondly,
    Marybeth

  5. Do you have problems with predators attacking your chickens? A friend of mine has given up on keeping chickens, at least for now, because of trouble with keeping them safe from predators (fox, etc.). It seems like clipped wings would make them more vulnerable if animals in the area prey on them.

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