fence for chickens

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by HeartoftheMatterFarm, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. I would like to let my chickens out this summer but where I live there is a lot of foxes around and there are hawks and eagles. What is the best thing to do for them?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

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    It depends on whether you can afford to lose any chickens or not. It also can depend on your set up, and whether predators are aware of your birds. I prefer to risk it for the benefits, and we provide cover and our donkeys keep out many predators. Others don't want to risk it. It is a personal decision, only you can decide how you want to manage your chickens.
     
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  3. I was thinking of getting the electric net fencing and put a cover over it.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

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    I have not used the netting, so I don't know if a cover would interfere with the electric part of it and ground kill out.
     
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    Hardwire cloth is good.
     
  6. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Foxes can be very bold! Any fence that will keep out dogs should keep out foxes. As for hawks, eagles, etc. a net over the top is excellent.

    If you want to fence in a very large area then stringing fishing line back and forth over the pen with dangling and flashing bits can help reduce raptor attacks. (surveyors tape or old CDs work well).

    I have had bald Eagles bust through nylon fishing net to successfully kill my chickens, but sturdy concrete reinforcing wire has been excellent and held up under heavy wet snow.
     
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