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OftenBen  ·  370 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I am building a chicken coop. Protips wanted.

    I am wondering if they will hop our chain link fence into the woods behind, however.

Depending on the breed of chicken and size of fence, this is totally possible. My parents had an issue with a particularly liberty thirsty hen trying to fly the coop and had to extend the fence around the chicken run about 3 feet up in order to contain her.

mk  ·  370 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Good to know. As mentioned to ghostoffuffle, I'm cool with them exploring the woods. But if they can't get back, that's on them. The door closes at sundown.

My cousin has a lot more chickens, and she has done pretty well letting them sort it all out.

OftenBen  ·  370 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Chicks are cheep at any rate, and they grow pretty quickly.

Be prepared to start offloading extra eggs on friends and neighbors. Four chickens produces a pretty surprising amount of eggs.