unreachable poultry.

The chain link fence is the impenetrable boundary between Dogland (the backyard) and the Poultry Realm (the front yard.)

This will go well until the first chicken gets too cocky, flies on top of the fence, and then hops down on the wrong side.

Right now, however, the denizens of Dogland are having a collective aneurysm whenever the chickens come close to the fence. As you can see, the chickens are completely unimpressed with all the noise.

17 thoughts on “unreachable poultry.

    • It’s the color scheme. The Barred Rocks look a lot like your average sky rat, at least as far as plumage goes.

  1. Unless you have found a way to keep dachshunds from digging, it’s only a matter of time.

    • That part of the yard is on granite. There’s not two inches of soil beneath that fence. The guys who installed it had to spend a whole day with a rock drill just to get the posts into the ground.

    • Emergency neighborhood fried chicken party, and a need to buy a new flock of chickens.

  2. Think it’s about time to clip some wings. That should prevent them from flying over the fence. When we had chickens, our chicken yard had a six-foot wire fence around it, and without clipping, they flew over it without a backward glance. Once their wings were clipped, they could get off the floor of the chicken house and onto the roosting poles…barely. :)

  3. This will go well until the first chicken gets too cocky, flies on top of the fence, and then hops down on the wrong side.

    Wherupon it will immediately look like somebody just kicked an overstuffed feather pillow with a pointy-toed cowboy boot.

  4. I just hope that the aggressive denizens of Poul-land don’t attempt to forcefully push across the border into Dauch-land. The peaceful citizens of Dauch-land would have no recourse but to defend their home. Of course, once aroused the volk of Dauch-land could be difficult to calm down. You might want to warn any neighbors with poodles just to be on the safe side.

    • I just hope that the aggressive denizens of Poul-land don’t attempt to forcefully push across the border into Dauch-land.

      I See What You Did There.

  5. “Think it’s about time to clip some wings. ”

    My understanding is you should clip ONE wing. Depending on the chicken, two clipped wings allows poor flight at great expenditure in flapping energy.

    Clipping one wing makes the flight stability negative.

    YMMV, Void where prohibited, etc…

    Also, I recommend filling in the gap between house and pole with something like a brick or two. At least in the pic it looks like a skinny & motivated hund might eel its way through.

    Alternatively you can erect a visual screen between the beasties, less they see less to bark at…

  6. @Fred2: Yes – you clip the big heavy feathers on one wing back to where you can just see the softer pin feathers underneath. It’s like a dog’s claws; if you clip too deeply, you’ll get a drop of blood and the chicken will let you know “that’s enough!”. Afterward, they’ll flap like crazy and mostly flop around in a circle on the ground. It’s good entertainment for urchins, too. :)

  7. Marko,

    I dunno how you’re watering your flock, but I tripped on this while websurfing a few minutes ago. Your birds won’t appreciate not having poopy water to drink, but not having to wash the water trough will make taking care of the “girls” easier. http://www.avianaquamiser.com/

    If you want to keep the dogs away from the chickens, consider two or three guinea fowl. They’re a bit noisy, kinda like a rusty gate hinge, but they are fearless, and very terratorial. They’re also delicious. I have no idea how one would gather guinea fowl eggs, but I imagine it would involve heavy leather gloves, a face shield, antiseptic ointment and band-aids.

    Gerry N.