Originally Posted by markdudanj
I see so many chicken runs that look less than desirable after only 6 months or so. The fencing starts to sag, poles begin to shift, etc... can anyone recommend a means of building one that looks great for a least a couple years. I am extremely handy and can build anything... but instead of reinventing the wheel - I am just looking for some advice from those who have already risen to this challenge.
I saw all the pix on this thread awesome examples.....
As a person who has built fence for larger animals.... horses, goats.... One of the rules for a good fence is to stretch the wire nice and tight with a fence stretcher. This makes the fence wire behave like a spring if it gets bumped. This requires that you have corner posts set in concrete and braced to take the stress of the stretching. The posts in between can just be set in the ground up to a point.
The kinds of wire that can be stretched are, Chainlink, Field fence, Welded wire, All heavier gauge. All will have to be lined with hardware cloth at points where the chickens may roost close to the fence.
All that being said. I use kennel panels. They are easy to assemble look uniform over all and already have gates in them. I buy mine at Home Depot. The beauty of them is you can add to them as you get them. and your flock expands. They are self supporting up to about eighteen feet providing a corner is turned. I sank Tposts for mine every twelve feet when I divided yard. It was a span of about fifty feet and I was containing goats. It lasted five years before the goats disassembled it.... LOL... but thats goats.
Oh as an afterthought. If you have an odd distance that doesnt fit your kennel panels you just over lap them and use the kennel clamps at the top and at the bottom where the pipes align. I have one space that is sixteen feet wide.... Works great.
Fence stretchers are cheap if you are going that rout or you can rent one for a days worth of work.
Edited by perchie.girl - 1/29/13 at 8:46pm