Originally Posted by rehric00
I need a sturdy pen for my chicks Ill be getting the end of May...
How sturdy? Who does it need to keep out? In my experience, it doesn't need much to keep chickens in, it's who you need to keep out that is the real issue.
Anyway, my yard is aviary mesh (wire mesh 12x12mm) attached to horizontal wire strung between star pickets (seem to be similar to your T posts?). If you hammer the star pickets in deep enough, they are fine as corners.
The gate is just hung between 2 timber posts. I didn't concrete in the posts, so the whole thing is movable and I'll be moving it soon.
I can post a picture of the gate later, if you want to see it. It's just a gate I got from somebody else's chook run.
EDIT photos added (excuse the mess, my backyard is a nightmare at the moment, but things are happening)
The aviary mesh is wired to 2 horizontal wires that go through the holes in the star pickets (easily removable)
The gate is attached to 2 timber posts (obviously don't need posts that long, but they are recycled from another purpose). The gate is quite heavy, if you used a lightweight gate, you might be able to use smaller gateposts.
I brought the wire to the gateposts and attached it on the inside with a piece of timber, screwed on, so that it is more easily removable than staples or a nailed on batten.
It is a day-time yard in a suburban backyard. The only "people" it needs to keep out is my dog, and she isn't the type of dog who wants to get in there otherwise than through the gate. The mesh is folded out at the bottom on the inside to form a skirt. I was more concerned to keep the chickens from digging holes at the fenceline than from stopping anyone on the outside digging in (there's nobody on the outside to keep from digging in, my dog is not a digger)
Edited by potato chip - 3/10/16 at 6:25pm