fence for chickens


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BYC Staff
Premium Feather Member
6 Years
Jul 16, 2015
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.


The Frosted Flake
Premium Feather Member
13 Years
Jul 26, 2008
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
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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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