Originally Posted by surfchicken72
I also have a related question... for the run, do you need to "bury" some of the fencing if you're not going to leave them unattended?
If so how deep? we were going to have a 4ft high fence. too short? (and if we bury some it will be even shorter)
Do you have a "regular" fence around your yard/property? If your run is fairly small, I'm betting they will fly over a 4ft. fence, at least if you have anything other than the heaviest of breeds. And even the heavies can fly pretty well for the first 12 weeks or so. If your run is pretty large, then I'd think you'd have a better chance of them not trying to fly out. Skirting is an option to burying wire. But I would seriously consider covering your run. That way, even when you're not home, you'll feel so much more secure about your chickens being out.
Roy...will you be closing your chickens in their housing each night??? If there's a chance that you won't be, then I'd strongly advise covering your run. If you're for certain closing them in each night, I would think a 6 ft. fence within a fence would be pretty safe for daytime. Bantams and light breed standard birds CAN fly 6ft (my EE has no problems flying at least 6 ft.), but they most likely won't, especially if you have heavier breeds.