We had a huge problem with our 100 heritage breed chickens crossing the barbed wire fence into our neighbors property last year. They loved his garden. This year we'd like to keep them on our property. Obviously barbed wire is not a deterrent since they can easily crawl right under. We didn't know what a problem this would be until it started happening. The birds stayed in one half of the woods which was nice (we have two 2-3 acre sections of woods and similar in pasture). So this year I'd like to stop them in the one 2-3 acre patch of woods. Here were my thoughts:
1. Orange snow fence to line the barbed wire fence (probably wouldn't hold up long)
2. Electric fence at the crawl height of the barbed wire fence (they could possibly fly over the top of the 5 strand barb wire fence).
3. Chicken wire to line the barbed wire (might just fly over)
I'd like to keep the neighbor with a parallel 10 acres from getting fed up with our birds this year. I found them to be a GREAT tick solution so I do want them free ranging again this year.