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The past few days I've been trying to get to the bottom of my hens' escaping their protective compound. I thought we had things solved when we clipped wing feathers a couple days ago. But, the next day brought more of the same escapades from my flighty friends - with Cleopatra leading the MUTINY! Every time I would place the girls back in the pen, Cleopatra would be on the loose once more. I trimmed her wings shorter twice more, to no avail. There was no more left to trim, poor bird - but she was not giving up her chickenly schemes! (Cleopatra is the reddish brown hen to the right in the photo above. Priscilla is the hen to the left.) Finally, I thought I had figured it out - they must be 'hopping' up on the nest boxes, then springing up to freedom over the top of the chain link fencing around their coop. I found a big tarp and fastened it to the fence directly over the chicken palace. I figured that would GET R DONE!
Upon returning home from the store, there was Cleopatra, running free once again, undaunted by that silver colored tarp! I was really frosted! Chicken keeping is not for the meek of heart! I followed her round and round the outside of the pen, looking for a chance to grab her and stuff her back in with the other girls! As I walked, I watched her movements. A skid was in her way, and rather than fly up over the top of it, she chose to squeeze through the narrow slats sideways....HMMMMM!
I nabbed her 'hind leg' as she tried to squeeze through, but it gave me a clue. I put her back in the pen and looked around. BY GOLLY - she and the other hens had been TUNNELING their way out of there! I noted where they had been taking dust baths, and some areas were next to the fence, and if they flattened down low enough, they could crawl to freedom! I spent the next hour filling in holes that I thought they could never get through, and put patio blocks over some of the holes they made while scratching for bugs and taking dust baths - (I borrowed the picture below of the dust bathing hens...they are so sweet, aren't they?)And, I left for the afternoon. When I returned, all the hens were still in their little yard, so I rewarded them with some veggies and bread from their Grandma (my mom!). I think I was finally able to GET R DONE!
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