Chicken Run fence height?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MaineGrant, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. MaineGrant

    MaineGrant Out Of The Brooder

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    I just purchased a coop yesterday and next weekend I need to get the run made to get ready for the arrival of the birds. My questions is how high do I need to make the fence? I was planning on getting some 8' 4x4's and burying 2 feet of them leaving 6 feet above ground ... does it need to be this high? Or could I get away with 6' 4x4 burying a foot leaving a 5' wall ... or possibly shorter?

    Thanks!
     
  2. sparkles2307

    sparkles2307 Terd of Hurtles

    Well, that depends a lot on the breed of chicken, the predators you deal with, etc. If you're not going to cover the run then I suggest at least 6' height, as a bored chicken will fly much higher than that quite easily. I've got a run with about 5.5' fencing and have had chickens escape easily. It was originally built for goats, otherwise the fence would've been done differently. If you plan to run mesh over the top, then make it high enough for you to walk inside if you want...
     
  3. MaineGrant

    MaineGrant Out Of The Brooder

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    We are getting 2 golden comets and 2 Bard Rocks ... I guess I will plan on making it 6' high then. I plan to let them have out of the run and into the yard when we are home on the weekends, but during the week I want to be able to let them out in the Run.
     
  4. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Take a look at my BYC page. I just added a run to my coop and like you want to do I sunk two 4x4 posts and ran two rows of 36" poultry wire.
     
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2012

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