5' or 6' what do you have

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Saltiena, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. Saltiena

    Saltiena Songster

    Mar 30, 2007
    Peach Bottom
    I am currently about to put up the fence and am wondering, what hight is your fence and how did you put it up, how many, posts per foot(1 post every 3 ft) i am also seeing many ways on how you put up the fence, how did you guys do it? i know already my fence will be 14'x8', is that ok for about 20 bantam hens, thell be free ranging most of the time. just a'wondering [​IMG]
    Rachel D.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2007
  2. hypnojessi

    hypnojessi In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2007
    Troy, MO
    Standard chickens needs about 10 square feet per bird of outdoor space to be comfortable. Bantams need less, like about 6-8 square feet. What you have seems fine. I put up 6' metal T-posts about every 5-8 feet with 5' high welded wire fence. I didn't use chicken wire because it tends to rust fast. What I did was drive a post and attached the end of my fence to that post with wire in three spots (top, middle and bottom). Then drove posts where I had a corner or thought it needed stability, wiring the fence to the posts as I go.
  3. boilerjoe_96

    boilerjoe_96 Songster

    Apr 4, 2007
    West Lafayette, IN
    6 foot posts with 5 foot fence?

    How far did you drive the post into the ground? Do you have 1 foot of fence above the post?

    Will 5 foot fence keep them in(uncovered)? I had heard six but I really do not want to put 6 foot fence up.
  4. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    you need a 6.5ft post.an drive it 18 to 20in in the ground.
  5. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    I have 6' tall chain link and chicken wire and hard wire sides with hardwire roof supported on 2x4 'frame'. My DH has to duck, but its just right for me!
    Here are some pics of the run I recently finished as an expansion project.
    The shed is soon to become the new coop, and I have a little 'tunnel' and ramp for their entrance.
    Heres a view from east to west:

    And this is the view from west to east:
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2007
  6. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Songster

    Apr 5, 2007
    Ours came used LOL so it came with the posts every four feet, and we kept it that way.

    But.. the fence height was only 4ft and has a roof on it. That would NOT DO! I refuse to bend bend! So.. now it's 6ft. LOL!
  7. akyramoto

    akyramoto Songster

    Apr 10, 2007
    Northern CA
    My run is 12' chain link panels that are 6' tall. Its about 48' long and 24' wide & the top is chain link & half canvas.
  8. kingsdaughter

    kingsdaughter In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2007
    Mudhen, it look s like a wooded area, or some tall trees around. Do you have any problem with sticks on your roof?

    It looks like an increadible place for chickens. I cant wait to build mine.

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