Chicken run, how tall?

trafficgal

In the Brooder
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Apr 19, 2014
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My husband is working on an extra large chicken yard for our chickens. How high does the fence need to be?
 

MoonShadows

The Jam Man
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My fence is 6' high (with a roof of wire) and I've seen a couple of my birds fly right up to the top. I'm sure if I didn't have the wire roof, they could have gotten out. That large run your husband is making looks nice for your birds, but without some type of top, it will make a great runway for birds of prey to swoop right down and grab a chicken meal. You don't necessarily need a solid roof, but at least something at intervals to break their flight pattern.
 

chickencopper

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Apr 18, 2014
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chickens will roost on the edge of the wire, then drop to the outside area. if you do not use a roof, run a fence at least 4' feet, but give them some roost areas in the center (not near the edges). I started small too ($$$), but then went to a 6' horse fence with a plastic bird netting. I had to cover a 100x100 area. I was not concerned about predators, except hawks. If $$$ is not a concern, go all over wire.
 
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