4 x 4 goat and sheep fence....do chickens fit through?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by NellaBean, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

    Mar 4, 2009
    Broodyland, TN
    My Coop
    We just refenced half my property with the 4"x4" sheep/goat fencing, topped with a strand of really hot electric tape. It is meant more to keep my dogs in and other dogs out, but I was wondering whether a chicken could actually fit in and out of the holes on this fence? I'm talking a full sized chicken, not little ones. I had a smaller dog pen that was made of the no climb horse fence with 2"x4" squares and my 2-3 month old RIR could not fit out the holes.

    Any ideas? It is about 1/2 acre that is fenced in....I was hoping to be able to let them out to "free range" a bit here and there, but wondered if they would just slip right through the fence? I knew I should have gotten ALL Jersey Giants! Darn it [​IMG]
  2. annek

    annek Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    Do you have any extra of the fencing? If so build a pen with the 4x4 wire inside your current pen, put a treat in the outer pen and see if the chickens can get to the treat.
  3. citrusdreams

    citrusdreams Songster

    May 4, 2009
    My chickens can't get though goat panel. I have RIR, BO, EE, Cochins, Wellsummer, even my polish, when I had them, couldn't get through the goat panel.
  4. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    MIne would fit through...wait...I have bantams! Never mind! [​IMG]
  5. briznian

    briznian In the Brooder

    Feb 24, 2009
    Davis County, UT
    My neighbor had the 4x4 fencing and his full-grown leghorns would squeeze through and get into my yard. We replaced that fence with 2x4 fencing that was 5 feet high and then the leghorns started flying over the fence instead!
  6. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

    Mar 4, 2009
    Broodyland, TN
    My Coop
    I think the smaller ones could probably squeeze through (leghorns, buttercups, bantams) but am hoping "standard" size chickens won't. It is a half acre fenced with lots of grass and bugs, you would think they would just stay in....
  7. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    Well, my RIR could fit their heads through chainlink, so I think if they had momentum, or were chasing them crickets, they could. I don't think they would want to on half an acre though [​IMG]
  8. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

    Mar 4, 2009
    Broodyland, TN
    My Coop
    As long as they only escaped on the one side, it would not be the end of the world. Escape on the other and they will get eaten. We used 2x4' no climb horse fencing on the more dangerous side, but they could still fly over or squeeze through the 4x4 and mosey on over that way. My neighbor has his 4 LARGE dogs (that will kill anything that moves) that are behind a 6 board wood fence. Gaps between boards big enough for a dog head...definitely big enough for a chicken...plus they could walk right underneath.

    I need fat lazy chickens!
  9. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Songster

    I have 4x4 fencing in my horse pastures and my chickens can't get through it. They are all large birds (Orps, RIR, Delaware, etc.). I think if they were extremely determined (like if they were being chased by a predator) they might try and get stuck, but I don't think they could make it through even then.
  10. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    I have 2 BR that fly over!

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