We have had chickens for about 6 years now but in the last 12 months the most recent ones have been broadening their horizons. They wander beyond our boundaries and have been making a nuisance of themselves by scratching on the neighbour’s property. So for the last few weeks we have had to keep them shut up mostly except when we are around to closely supervise their whereabouts.
In the long term we plan to rebuild the chicken house in a different location and have a substantial fenced area where they will be able to roam. However, this is not going to happen immediately as it is to be done in conjunction with fencing the vegetable garden area and some other landscaping.
We also have some temporary fencing around the vegetable gardens as they are diligent when it comes to looking for tasty morsels, and there are plenty of earthworms in the garden.