chickens flying over my 4-5 ft. fence

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by new chick chick, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. new chick chick

    new chick chick Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 23, 2011
    I just put together a fence (for the chicken run) made of the plastic you often see at construction sights. First the hens went under it, so I bought tent pegs and so far that has worked. Then my feistiest hen flew up and over the fence. I think she landed on the top of it first, then jumped over. I had clipped her wings earlier this summer, but apparently it isn't working! So I clipped them again and will see what happens tomorrow. Any ideas?
  2. 8WarEagleChicks

    8WarEagleChicks Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 15, 2010
    Build a taller fence. I have 5 Australorps and 2 EE's that have no problem flying over my 4'4" fence. I added about 18 more inches and it seems to stop them sometimes. I have cattle panels for my first fence and I ran to the dollar store to buy the little wire fence sections that you use around your bedding plants (they sell it in 6 ft sections for $3 a piece.) That seems to help. In the areas I could not add the new fencing to I strung string back and forth.

    Did you clip both wings? I was considering clipping these guys wings and I read that you should only clip one wing so they are off balance and unable to get flying.
  3. Noymira

    Noymira Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2011
    Chittenden County, VT
    If the area is small enough you could get some deer/bird netting to put over the top. That's what I've done with mine, keeps chickens in and hawks out! Just know that that won't stop most other predators, mine are locked in the coop at night.
  4. new chick chick

    new chick chick Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 23, 2011
    Both of those are great ideas. Thanks for your input. I want to keep these gals safe! They have a secure coop at night but I'd like to be able to let them out without giving them free range of the whole yard. I do let them out in the yard daily for several hours to free range.
  5. chickenbythesea

    chickenbythesea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    Nova Scotia
    ours are 10 weeks and we had a 4.5 ft high fen for their run... low and behold, my daughter went out one time to check on them and one was sitting outside the run all confused and waiting to get back in. Next time hubby was out, the same one jumped the fence. Needless to say we added a second row and now the fence is 8-9 ft tall.... we're really hoping they can't figure out how to fly over that.... but with the way some of them fly it wouldn't surprise me... [​IMG]
  6. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2011
    Piedmont of NC
    They may not be able to get out, but
    I'd be worried about what can get in!
  7. stilldeb

    stilldeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2010
    NW Kentucky
    I would put a top on it, if you can. Mine have tops because I am always thinking something is going to come and get them.

    deb g
  8. new chick chick

    new chick chick Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 23, 2011
    Does anyone know a good website or resource for run construction?
  9. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    That plastic fencing is great for things like keeping chickens out of your garden but not suitable for a run. Pretty much any 4-legged critter will rip through it in no time at all.

    I have a roof on my run for both keeping the chickens in and keeping the owls and hawks and the critters that can climb (like skunks and raccoons) out. Our cheapest and easiest option ended up being to buy a used dog kennel. It's a nice size (10x10) and very heavyweight fencing although the smaller stuff (like mink) could still get through the holes so I have to be sure and close the pop door at dusk.
  10. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    I personally think it's best to put a top and cover the run. We used welded wire for the sides and the top. We are also currently putting a roof with shingles on the run to prevent the snow from falling in on top the wire. Nothing is getting in or out of our run.

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