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How high does a chicken fence need to be?

post #1 of 7
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I have a small field in which my chickens will be able to free range in and I want to fence it off so that the dogs can't get in, I have a dachshund an a golden retriever. I also want it so that the chickens can't get out.
My question is How high should the fence be?

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post #2 of 7

6 ft would be a good start.  But even at that height...your going to have your escape artists.

post #3 of 7

it depends on the breed. Mediterranean, and bantam breeds can fly over eight foot fences. heavy breeds like the buff orpington, a four foot fence will probably keep them in. breeds such as rhode islands, and barred rocks, I would say no lower then five feet, and even then they might surprise you. also, make sure there are no low branches around the fence, or the will use that to fly out.

Even though you can't see or hear them at all, a persons a person, no matter how small.

            Theodor Suess

Breeding Ameraucanas, Black Copper Marans, Easter eggers, Olive eggers, and Black sex links, and Buff Orpingtons.

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Even though you can't see or hear them at all, a persons a person, no matter how small.

            Theodor Suess

Breeding Ameraucanas, Black Copper Marans, Easter eggers, Olive eggers, and Black sex links, and Buff Orpingtons.

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Originally Posted by salt and pepper View Post

it depends on the breed. Mediterranean, and bantam breeds can fly over eight foot fences. heavy breeds like the buff orpington, a four foot fence will probably keep them in. breeds such as rhode islands, and barred rocks, I would say no lower then five feet, and even then they might surprise you. also, make sure there are no low branches around the fence, or the will use that to fly out.

I have battery hens, I'm new to chickens so I don't really know what breed they are, they have browny redy feathers and white feet.
post #5 of 7

probably red sex links.  i would go with nothing lower then five feet. six feet would be better. hope this helps!

Even though you can't see or hear them at all, a persons a person, no matter how small.

            Theodor Suess

Breeding Ameraucanas, Black Copper Marans, Easter eggers, Olive eggers, and Black sex links, and Buff Orpingtons.

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Even though you can't see or hear them at all, a persons a person, no matter how small.

            Theodor Suess

Breeding Ameraucanas, Black Copper Marans, Easter eggers, Olive eggers, and Black sex links, and Buff Orpingtons.

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post #6 of 7
We have had a dog jump into our yard over our six foot back timber fence and the rails were on the inside so it couldn't use them to help get over.

Aussie Mum to two pet quality sizzles -  Captain and Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelle girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl


Plus 11 shipped blue/black/splash australorp eggs Due 11th oct 2014 - My hatching diary - 8 are under Penny and three that wouldn't fit are in the incubator.
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Aussie Mum to two pet quality sizzles -  Captain and Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelle girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl


Plus 11 shipped blue/black/splash australorp eggs Due 11th oct 2014 - My hatching diary - 8 are under Penny and three that wouldn't fit are in the incubator.
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post #7 of 7

I was finding my chickens in the neighbors yard so I added some extra hight to my fence. My fence was originally 4 feet, now it's 5 I think. However, my chickens weren't flying over it, they were jumping onto the fence and then jumping over. So I added some wire fencing that was to flimsy for them to balance on, so they just fall back into my yard when they try to go next door.

 

Hope that helps!

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