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Easy portable fence panels

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This is a design we have used to make portable pens. You can make as many panels as you wish and they can be set up freestanding or against a coop. They are lightweight and easy to set up. I use wire plant stakes for the hinges at the corners. If you make them much taller than 36" high, you will have trouble reaching over to replace feed and water. We put bird netting over the top and hook it over the corner stakes. To enter the pen, slip out one of the corner stakes and the panel will open like a door.

I want to make some that are 4' long so I can use them inside the barn as end pieces to the run. The panels shown are 8' long by 36" high. We have used chicken wire, vinyl coated wire, hardware cloth, and heavy netting. Hardware cloth is the sturdiest, but makes the panel a little heavier.

They are obviously not predator proof, but may work for indoors or putting babies out for an afternoon in the sun. Also for temporary pens for those of us who hatched more than we thought!

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Chickendad, White, Mille Fleur and miscellaneous Bantam Cochins, BLRWs, Wheaten and Bantam Lavender Ameraucanas, Bantam White Rocks, and RC RIRs.
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post #2 of 15

I was just thinking of making something very similar.  Thanks for sharing!

Mom to wonderful young man in the USAF, wife to an amazing husband, owner of 2 Border Terriers, Jack and Hannah, & 1 Black Cocker Spaniel named Katie. Keeper of 2 adorable coops which house my Light and Dark Brahmas (standard and bantam), EE mixes, and my d'Anvers which I have in Dun Quail.

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Mom to wonderful young man in the USAF, wife to an amazing husband, owner of 2 Border Terriers, Jack and Hannah, & 1 Black Cocker Spaniel named Katie. Keeper of 2 adorable coops which house my Light and Dark Brahmas (standard and bantam), EE mixes, and my d'Anvers which I have in Dun Quail.

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post #3 of 15

Love it! I'll definitely be making one of my runs like this.

 

Linda

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In addition to our Cochin bantam flock, we have a Wheaton Ameraucana trio, a Lavendar Ameraucana Bantam pair, and a rose comb RIR pair. Our parent stock of 11 Cochins consists of white (normal and frizzle) and mille fleur (normal and frizzle). We have 28 new chicks with a few more peeping in their shells.

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Linda (Central Ohio)

 

In addition to our Cochin bantam flock, we have a Wheaton Ameraucana trio, a Lavendar Ameraucana Bantam pair, and a rose comb RIR pair. Our parent stock of 11 Cochins consists of white (normal and frizzle) and mille fleur (normal and frizzle). We have 28 new chicks with a few more peeping in their shells.

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post #4 of 15

Cool!

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Thanks Mrs. Chickendad for another great idea.  I am a victim of chicken math and need to expand run as the troops are rapidly outgrowing the brooder.  These mobile panels will be just the ticket... and maybe even will keep some adults off my patio and deck!  I foresee another trip to the home improvment store and/or lumber yard in the near future.

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Just another victim of chicken math.
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Busy filling the empty nest with fuzzy butts...and their grown-up counterparts...

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post #6 of 15

I was trying to come up with a design to do just this. Seems very simple to build but I don't know what to use for the frame.  I was considering 2X2's but know they will eventually rot. Then I was thinking of PVC plumbing pipe, but what size and I don't know how expensive this would be. What did you use?

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post #7 of 15

I make mine with 1/2" metal conduit and stucco mesh.

I started a post with pics about it a few days ago.

Really handy to help keep them out of the garden.
 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/662289/for-those-of-you-looking-for-inexpensive-fencing


Edited by Cargo - 5/15/12 at 4:54pm
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post #8 of 15

Im not very handy, I just use these, and attach some chicken wire to the bottom with zip ties so they cant go thru.  Pound a couple of metal stakes into the ground and attach each end of the panel to one with twine or whatever you have handy.  I also use these in the garden to tie tomatoes to.  Cant be beat.

 

http://www.tractorsupply.com/feedlot-panel-cattle-16-ft--3502077


Edited by halo - 5/15/12 at 5:55pm
post #9 of 15

I loved this idea and my husband and I made some for our chicks.  We used 8' long pressure treated 1x4's, and hardware cloth.  This has been a sturdy, easy to move solution to us for a moveable run.  We have a tractor type coop that is 8' long, so it makes up our 4th wall.  To move the coop we simple take out the garden stakes, take down the fence, move the coop and set it all back up again.  My son and I can do it in 15' and the chicks get brand new grass each time.  For various reasons, we are going to switch to a stationary coop, but I will be able to recycle the panels.  Thanks for the idea!

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I loved this idea and my husband and I made some for our chicks.  We used 8' long pressure treated 1x4's, and hardware cloth.  This has been a sturdy, easy to move solution to us for a moveable run.  We have a tractor type coop that is 8' long, so it makes up our 4th wall.  To move the coop we simple take out the garden stakes, take down the fence, move the coop and set it all back up again.  My son and I can do it in 15' and the chicks get brand new grass each time.  For various reasons, we are going to switch to a stationary coop, but I will be able to recycle the panels.  Thanks for the idea!
Do you have any photots yo share?
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