Fence Height

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by tenman78, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. tenman78

    tenman78 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 27, 2015
    Winabago County,IL
    Anybody ever have standard size chickens fly over a 6' fence?
  2. yyz0yyz0

    yyz0yyz0 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2012
    No, but I've had a standard size Rooster fly to the top of my 6ft run to perch. So it is possible.

    You can always clip wings. The problem with clipped wings is that it's only temporary and you don't know when they've recovered from the clipping enough to get over the fence until they do.
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    I've never had any of my standard size birds even attempt my 4 foot fence but my bantams do. But a lot also depends on how badly they want to get over the fence. If there is plenty of room and plenty to do on their side they are unlikely to try it. But if they want out badly enough, or if something scares them, then yes, they will at least give it a try. What breed of chickens you have also makes a difference, some are much better fliers then others.
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2016
  4. suliah

    suliah Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2014
    Muskegon, MI
    Yes... Yes I have. Mine perch at the top of my 8' fence.

    That being said, most of them don't bother to even try to fly over the 4' section, but they really do love to hop over that 8' section. go figure.

    And it's only a few of the chickens. but it's the same few every day. A rooster, a fayoumi, and a couple of barnyard mixes. Oh and a delaware.
  5. tenman78

    tenman78 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 27, 2015
    Winabago County,IL
    Mine are production reds and ameraucana /australorp mixes, with unclipped wings they have a hard time with 4'. I have 6'tall run inside an area of 4'tall fencing, if they get out they deserve to stroll around the yard a bit.
  6. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    Typically standard breeds can't fly to the top of a 6 foot high fence once they reach adulthood. Pullets can if they want to.

    That being said if your six foot high fence has give in it what I've seen chickens do is walk/fly up the fence. If it gives they will fly up as high as they can, then the fence leans out a bit and they just walk the rest of the way up and over.
  7. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    It all depends on the individual bird and the breed of the bird...

    My standard sized Sumatras will laugh at you if you claim they can't clear a 6 or even 8 foot fence, as will a couple of my barnyard mixed birds that have slimmer bodies... Almost all my bantams can easily clear an 8 foot fence as well...
  8. Johnsbaby54

    Johnsbaby54 Just Hatched

    Jun 2, 2016
    Georgetown, DE
    Can a Salmon Favorolle fly over a Ft fence?
  9. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Like many dual purpose breeds, a 3-4 foot fence should contain them, they could possibly clear it but they generally won't...

    But, again it can be an individual bird thing, some just don't pack on the weight and thus enjoy taking little flights... I know a lot of my 'dual purpose' roosters are much more willing to jump a fence or fly to an elevated area vs the hens that seem to show no interest in doing the same...
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2016
  10. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada

    My run is about 4 ft high. If you clip the feathers on one wing of each bird it will help.

    Make sure there is no blood in the shaft of the feather before you clip or your bird may bleed to death.

    On some birds you may even have to clip a few secondary flight feathers.

    One wing throws the bird off balance and is more effective than trimming equal amounts off both wings.

    Feather shafts containing blood.


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