Cost Effective Run Fence

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mossy_oak23, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. mossy_oak23

    mossy_oak23 In the Brooder

    Oct 28, 2009
    First I will start out asking if my chickens have access to the run on there demand do I need a roof on the run? If i didn't i would think a coon would get in and use the same door my chickens do and eventually just walk into the coop.

    With that in mind what is a cheap way to make a run for my chickens as far as the fence goes? Keep in mind i made my coop with scraps around the farm with a total material cost of 0 dollars [​IMG] The cheaper I can go the better. This isn't a permanent coop and will have to last from march 2010 to november 2010.

    Last edited: Nov 6, 2009

  2. mossy_oak23

    mossy_oak23 In the Brooder

    Oct 28, 2009
  3. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Songster

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    Hardware cloth is really the way to go. It's not inexpensive, but maybe you can find a deal on CL or freecycle? I totally understand the need to keep cost down, but unfortunately unless you find a deal somewhere cheep and safe don't often go together. If you have a fence charger you might be able to get away with poultry netting (I know [​IMG] ) with several strands of hotwire around it. Good luck!
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Most people would lock their chickens in the coop at night if they did not want a raccoon to eat 'em. It is WAY WAY easier to predatorproof a coop than a run (esp. a large run).

    If you do not lock your chickens in at night, then yes, you want to spend as much effort/materials on your run as possible to try to predatorproof it, but honestly a lot of people still lose chickens under those conditions.

    The most secure top for a run is a (good, wellbuilt, well engineered for your climate) roof. A wire mesh top can be made virtually as secure but at that point ends up costing almost as much [​IMG] A wire mesh top built in a more lazy or hopeful fashion, or built of chickenwire, is not much protection at all; and netting (aviary-, deer-, trellis-, whatever) really only protects against hawks, it offers no meaningful deterrence to raccoons or dogs or that sort of thing.

    (e.t.a. - your cheapest, reasonably-secure bet is to see what you can scrounge in the way of HEAVY GAUGE 2x4 welded wire, or chainlink, or anything smaller mesh that is still heavy gauge, NOT chickenwire. Install it on a goodly number of very well-set posts. Run something smaller mesh inside the bottom 2-3' to prevent reach-through. And then lock your chickens up at night, without fail, since this is very NOT-coon-proof. You can add electric if you want for extra margin-of-error, but I would really not suggest RELYING on a hotwire, as they all fail sometimes, usually at the worst possible moment.)

    Good luck, have fun,

    Last edited: Nov 6, 2009
  5. CityChook

    CityChook Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    Even hardware wire on a run without a roof, won't protect your chickens against raccoons all night in an opened coop. They are very very skilled climbers. If you're looking for the cheapest option, it's to simply lock your chickens inside a closed door every night.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2009
  6. mossy_oak23

    mossy_oak23 In the Brooder

    Oct 28, 2009
    Quote:not a possibility they are way back on my farm and some nights I cant get out to them.

    IDIOT HUSBAND Songster

    May 6, 2009
    Burgin, KY
    I lock my chickens up at night to be safe and from what I have heard that is the safest thing to do. My run is movable so I really have no choice but to lock them up at night. The girls have gotten use to the routine so they don't mind it too bad, especialy when I feed them at the same time. good luck.

  8. Mr. Peepers

    Mr. Peepers In the Brooder

    Sep 7, 2009
    You may want to consider an electric hot wire(s) option with poultry mesh. A 48" tall welded wire run will cost about $4 per linear foot while poultry mesh is about $1.75. Once you have an electric fence charger, the cost per foot to electrify is almost negligible. A 100 sq. ft run is about the break even point. Anything larger is cheaper to use poultry mesh and electrify. Anything smaller is cheaper with welded wire. These figures are all approximate and with the assumption that a charger costs about $70 and typical costs for wire and posts. YMMV.
  9. mlm1965

    mlm1965 In the Brooder

    Aug 14, 2009
    Maryville, TN
    Quote:And I learned the hard way this week that a dog will climb a fence too! Wiped out the whole flock while at work!

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