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Chicken Run-- need suggestions

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I'm building a 300 sq ft chicken run but don't want to spend a fortune. Will 6' chicken wire be sufficient for keeping chickens in? Deer fencing? Other ideas? The chickens will be locked in the coop at night so I am not overly concerned about keeping predators out. I also plan to rotate the run yearly. 

 

Looks like I can get 6'x150' for $42 so a total cost of $84 (without posts)..that sounds like a good price to me! 

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It will probably keep chickens in. If they really want to they can probably fly over it, but the trick is make them not want to. Chickens tend to not fly over things. A very common way for chickens to get out is to fly up to the top of a fence to perch and just hop down on the wrong side. Most full-sized fowl can easily fly up 6’ to roost or perch if they want to. But they need a place to land when they fly up. So don’t put anything solid like a top railing or even a wooden post top up where they can land on it. Have the wire itself be the top of the fence. That by itself will solve the majority of your problems of them getting out.

I’ve found that another common way for chickens to get out is when they get trapped against a fence in a fight or if a hen is trying to get away from an amorous rooster. The chicken is desperate to get away so it goes vertical and can easily come down on the wrong side of the fence. About the only time I see this is when I have a bunch of immature cockerels in the flock and they get in their fights. So try to keep them from getting trapped against a fence. 90 degree corners aren’t too bad but if you can, flatten the corners out more. That one is kind of obvious when you think about it, but another problem can be if the area is long and narrow as opposed to wide. I once configured my 48” high electric netting with a narrow corridor to get to a new area where it widened out. Cockerels were flying out on a regular basis. When I reconfigured it to a wider area, the escape stopped.

A 300 square feet area isn’t all that big, but the 6’ height should work pretty well. As long as you don’t give them sharp corners and don’t have anything solid up high it should keep you chickens in.

This too shall pass.  It may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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This too shall pass.  It may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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post #3 of 4

If it's strictly for containment it should work.  I hope you have good posts though, because chicken wire is rather floppy - I had made a small temporary enclosure out of 3' high chicken wire and didn't put in very secure posts and the chickens learned that by leaning against one area, they could actually make the entire thing fold down so they could simply walk out!

 

At 6' the chickens can fly over if they really want to but as Ridgerunner noted if the top is all chicken wire they don't have a good spot to land on and will most likely not try to go over.

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Thank you everyone. After plotting out the run, we decided to go a bit bigger. 30' x 20'. I also miscalculated so I have a little more room to budget the fencing. I am going to go with something a little sturdier like a garden fence.. anyone have any recommendations?

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