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"Chickens are hard to contain"

Grounded in the chicken tractor

Jane's entry in our "I wish I'd known" contest is a very important behavioral point for those of us who like to free range our birds from time to time.  She wrote:

"The one thing that we wish we had known about chickens (and which makes us actually consider giving the chickens up at least once each year) is that they can be hard to contain.  We encourage our chickens to free range from late fall to early spring because they mix up/fertilize the soil and eat up grubs in our gardens so nicely.  But from spring to late summer, we really want them to stay in their nice, large chicken yard.  Instead, and despite good fencing and wing clipping, they find their way into gardens and flower beds, eating tomatoes and digging up flowers.

"We can't imagine life without their eggs, so we keep them but(!) there are times of the year when it's a struggle.  We have found that certain breeds are worse than others.  Both Buff Orpingtons and Ameracaunas are flyers at our house and often find themselves confined to our movable chicken tractor when they've been naughty.

"Oh, and I have to mention one more thing.  I wish we had known that once folks learn you have chickens, they ALL save up all their egg cartons and give them to you!"


Jane's points are so true!  On our own homestead, I've found that it's important to begin as you plan to go on --- if a chicken has been allowed to free range in a certain area and is then blocked out, she's much more likely to fly back there than if she had never known the free-ranging life.  We do free range our chicks, and have developed work-arounds to help, but the flying continues (especially with our White Leghorns).  If you move a batch of free range hens across the homestead so they can no longer see their previous stomping grounds, they're much less likely to fly, and keeping their pasture fresh by rotation also helps.  If all else fails, we put the trouble-makers in our bellies.

About all those extra egg cartons, though, I have no solution....

Our chicken waterer is the POOP-free solution to a filthy homestead problem.


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