Today we clipped their wings. I thought it was going to be difficult, but it wasn't. Since I had locked the ladies in the coop last night, they weren't hard to catch. The husband let one out at a time, grabbed her and fanned out the wing. I clipped the bottom row of feathers off. Backyard Chickens recommends clipping the bottom row of 10 feathers from one wing. We did this on the first two birds, but they were still able to jump up to the top row of the fence. So, we clipped all the feathers in the bottom row in a straight line, from both wings. This has been the first time these ladies have hung out on the rock pile. This pile was originally for the goats...it's now a nice chicken perch, and it's far enough away from the fence so they can't hop over.
There's plenty of dirt for them to forage through for bugs and worms. It's mud right now, thanks to a week of rain.
It took all of 15 minutes to do all 7 birds. No more chickens crossing into our neighbors yard. No more chickens crossing the road.
...Hmmm...I never did find out why...