Thank you Trace I may have to do that. I removed the large pallet, and replaced it with chicken wire. I put chicken wire on top of the small pallet, so they can't stand on it, and I put more fencing on that fence by the compost pile. This seemed to work for a few days, but then the rooster and 1 hen were out. Today the rooster and 5 hens were out. They always have layer feed in the feeder, and I feed them fermented grains after work each day. This week I have been sick, so I didn't give them the grains, and those are the days they were out. So I will try to heighten the fence, but I think I will water there yard, to loosen the dirt, (I live in N. California and the ground is hard and dry) and maybe throw a bunch of wood chips in there yard. It seems like they are getting out when they are board, or want something other then chicken feed to eat.
I'm so bummed the rooster went after me today when I was trying to herd everyone into the chicken yard. All the chickens seem to like me, they will come over and look at me and talk to me, and the rooster just seemed to avoid me until today. I hope it's because he thought I was a threat to his hen, and will behave himself. I never get a rooster on purpose, he was sold as a hen. I hate to have to always be on my guard and watch my back. I have heard people say wonderful things about roosters, this has not been my experience, but I was hoping to get lucky this time. I enjoy spending time with my chickens, and we don't eat them, they are pets that give us eggs, so it's hard to deal with a mean rooster, especially one that can get out when he wants to.