Raise Your Own Chickens In Your Backyard!
By Tom Seest
At BackyardChickenNews, we help people who want to raise backyard chickens by collating information and news blended with our own personal experiences.
If you want your chickens to stay in your yard, here are some ways to deter them. Besides fences, you can also use plants, whistles, and decoy points. All of these things can make your chickens think twice about coming into your yard.
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The best way to keep your chickens in their own yard is to fence them in. Chickens are not as agile as dogs, but they can still jump over a fence. A fence will help them stay in their yard and will discourage predators. You can also clip their wing feathers to further protect them.
Electric fences can be an effective method of keeping chickens in their yard. However, they require more maintenance. A better alternative is a wall or a netting that is made specifically for poultry. This type of fence is easy to set up and can be moved whenever necessary. You can purchase kits that come with all the equipment you need to set up the fence.
Another effective way of shooing chickens is to call them out. This method is relatively simple, but it may require some trial and error. The chickens may come back even after several attempts. If you have a dog, it is best to get a breed that’s good with animals. Otherwise, your dog may try to eat your chickens.
The most effective way of encouraging chickens to stay in your yard is to fence the yard. Chickens do not like the rain, so it’s better to keep them inside when it rains. Free-range chickens are often the prey of predators and also become victims of traffic. It is best to fence your yard with electric, plastic, or metal fencing. Fencing will create a good habitat for chickens and keep predators away.
If you are trying to get chickens to stay in your yard, you can try using decoy points. These objects are designed to fool chickens into thinking they are predators. These decoys can take the shape of owls or scarecrows. If these decoys move, chickens will not go near them.
You can also use plants as decoy points to keep chickens from entering your yard. Some plants, such as trees, will not attract chickens to them, but they can serve as a distraction to them. They will likely ignore your decoy plants in favor of nibbling on the leaves or burrowing in tree roots, both of which are bad for chicken health. Herbs that chickens dislike, such as rosemary and peppermint, will also distract them.
When you use decoy points to keep chickens from escaping, you should use them on a regular basis. It is important to change the location, volume, and position of your decoy points frequently, as this will keep chickens alert. In addition, moving decoys are also effective.
As mentioned earlier, chickens will flock to areas where they can find food. This can be a problem if you’re trying to keep them away from your porch or patio. Therefore, you should try to avoid placing pet food and other edible plants on the porch or patio. If you want to get rid of roosting chickens, you need to find a way to get them to stay in your yard.
Chickens love greens, so planting certain types of plants in your yard can prevent chickens from raiding your garden. Chicken-friendly plants include shrubs and evergreen trees. You can also place netting around plants or hang baskets to keep chickens away. Chickens are also attracted to bare patches of dirt, so you may want to consider planting a dust bath area in your yard for the chickens. Diatomaceous earth is also a good choice because it will help keep the chickens‘ mites at bay.
Another way to keep chickens out of your garden is to grow plants that chickens can’t eat. Chickens naturally avoid plants that are poisonous to them, so you should avoid growing them near the coop. These plants will not only repel chickens but also ward off insects.
You can also plant perennial peanut grass in your yard, as the leaves won’t be eaten by the chickens. Sunflowers are another good choice, as they look cheerful and add a sunny face to your yard. As sunflowers mature, you can harvest the seeds and store them for the winter. If you’re planning on keeping chickens in your yard, it’s best to plant these plants in shady areas where the chickens won’t be as exposed.
Chickens don’t like the smell of strong plants and spices, so you may want to choose plants that have a strong scent that chickens won’t enjoy. This way, your chickens won’t venture into the yard where the scent is too much for them.
A good way to get your chickens to stay in your yard is to teach them to come when called or whistled. This is especially effective in the morning and early afternoon when they respond to upbeat, jazzy tunes. You can also use treats to reinforce the whistle and call.
One thing that chickens dislike is being confined to small spaces. They like to scratch around, graze, and wander. If you confine them in a small area, they will scatter and may even get stuck. When frightened, they may run away and seek cover somewhere.
To train your chickens to come when called, the first step is to decide what to call. This call should be short but consistent and similar to what they hear when you call them. It can be your voice, a whistle, a clanging metal triangle, or a series of claps. It should be something that they won’t hear during other times of the day, or they’ll get confused during training.
A good idea for attracting a flock of chickens to your yard is to make them associate the sound with a treat. The chickens will begin to associate the sound with the treat and will come back to you for more treats. You can repeat this process at least two or three times per day for a few weeks until you see a positive change in the behavior of your chickens.
You can ward off your chickens by waving or calling to them to leave your yard. However, this can be a trial-and-error method. Some chickens may come back after repeated attempts. It is easier to ward off chickens that you are familiar with.
Chickens have unique personalities and display interesting behavior patterns. When treated kindly, they are friendly and display a wide range of social interactions. They also demonstrate interesting behaviors, such as dust bathing and foraging. As a result, they require responsible care throughout their lives.
Be sure to read our other related stories at BackyardChickenNews to learn more about raising chickens in your backyard.