I recently built my coop/run attached to our barn and inside our horse pasture. They have a 165 sq ft of run for 22 chickens (will be culling a few roosters in the fall though) but when I am home, I want to allow them to free range in the pasture to benefit from the manure piles harboring a feast of little flies and bugs! My question is will they respect the hot wire fencing? I have 4 strands of hot rope now and plan to add another very close to the ground to discourage the chickens from leaving the pasture (I realize they could fly over it if they really wanted to).
I have 4 dogs and do not want the chickens roaming outside the pasture for fear one of my dogs will get hold of them. I really don't want to have to buy the electrified netting to enclose a 3 acre pasture either. If they touch the hot wire fence will they respect it and not try to scramble under it? My pasture is surrounded by about 20 feet of forest and I am hoping the manure piles will hold more interest for them and they will just follow the horses around?
Any experiences to share or suggestions?
Edited by Siggie - 6/2/16 at 12:29pm