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as a temp fix I put plastic forks at a 45 deg angle facing out on the raised beds, when they look up they see an overhanging edge, I am sure they will figure it out will let you know

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How high a fence do I need?  I had an attractive edging around the Iris Bed & they simply flew right over it!

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How high a fence do I need?  I had an attractive edging around the Iris Bed & they simply flew right over it!

Welcome to BYC!

 

Probably at least ~3 feet.....can depend on how big the flower bed is.

Make top of fence a bit floppy so they can't land on it.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Originally Posted by Aztecsue1 View Post
 

How high a fence do I need?  I had an attractive edging around the Iris Bed & they simply flew right over it!

Welcome to BYC!

 

Probably at least ~3 feet.....can depend on how big the flower bed is.

Make top of fence a bit floppy so they can't land on it.

Deer netting is almost invisible.  A 7' tall roll can easily be cut with scissors to yield 2 x 3.5' rolls.  Merely weave fiberglass fence posts through the netting, hold it up on the fence post with clothes pins, peg it down at the bottom with soil staples, or any other means.  They will bounce off it a few times, and then give up.  Since they can't really figure out where the top is, they'll not try to fly over it.

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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post #65 of 65
Ive been crucified once for saying this but kabobs have worked for me..A little background..We have 10 acres about half of it is briars and those darn devils walking sticks.My 20 pasture raised birds have a lot of room to roam..I noticed they stead clear of briars and pokey things. They don't have to get their eye poked to know..It's instinct.so when I tried for two years to have a sizable garden as I have a sizable family, I found nothing could keep them out.Nothing including fence...They would just fly over it. So I thought I'd give the kabobs a try. No I don't want my birds impaled but it was my last effort until I could afford enough fence to put up for a half acre garden..Also I'm an outside person so I sat and observed.alot lol.In years past as soon as I turned my back they would have eaten everything to the ground..Mainly my duckies lol..This time they took one good look and kept it moving...Didn't even try..They are smart and there is much easier grub to get elsewhere..Now im thinking that once these plants are established I will try to move the kabobs out little at a time to see what happens, but in my experience so far it is working and I don't expect injuries as they don't even attempt it..Now my experience may not be for everyone, as many aren't at home all day to keep an eye but honestly my flock hasn't been near anything I've planted since I did it..I only hope that when I remove them things will remain the same so we can live in harmony..I can't stand to pen my birds up..So if this doesn't work I may begin gardening indoors..I hope I haven't insulted any bird lovers but I wanted to share my experience without being stoned by the pet chicken sector..I did this as responsibly as one can, lots of watching them as I don't want them poked...It is a visual thing for them as far as I can tell
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