For several reasons, including keeping our hens from stepping on the neighbors property(right now I supervise their free time) and keeping our dogs in our property. Our dogs protect our property and house, so this fence is a must! My neighbors on both sides do not like my chickens. We are going with a hunter green fence and starting the first half next spring. We need to get a survey and we will fence according to the law and as close as we can. We will use chicken wire for the back half in the woods to keep our dogs from escaping. About 2.5-3 acres is all wooded. This should also keep the coyotes, fox and wolves out, unless we fence them in.lol The survey should be cheap. We have all 4 markers in place along with detailed markings of footing with the plot. I'm very excited for this! We will gate the driveway in the summer, I'm not sure if the gate would work in the winter. I have plans of planting bushes and trees along the border of our fence for maintenance purposes. I'm sure this will be a slow process. By doing this, there will be no dispute about my hens. I will clip their one side of wing if I need to. I really like to free range from morning to dusk, but I want to be responsible about it. Does anyone have any clue how much this will roughly costs? The fence at home depot is 49.00 per 50ft. Not including posts or gates. I'm guessing the first half will be roughly 2,000 or more? Anyone fence a large amount of property before? Do you think fencing in your entire property will look okay?