Fence suggestion

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ukrkoz, Feb 5, 2015.

  1. ukrkoz

    ukrkoz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am planning on fencing approximately 130 by 50 area of my backyard, to contain chickens, so that they do NOT eat on vegetable beds. (they are great farmers otherwise)

    My dilemma is this:

    We had plastic netting chewed through by unknown animals. Possibly squirrels. Metal mesh is simply too expensive for the project. I am fully fenced chain link on all 3 corners of the project and only need to run 130f long fence with gate run to close it.
    Chain link is also very expensive to use plus, tree rats will get through links anyway.

    I am open to suggestions on something rather not very expensive that will actually hold those small critters at bay. I am planning on 6 f tall posts, to match overall fence height.

    Ideas?
     
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  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I assume you meant........ 'so they do NOT eat vegetable beds'?


    Chicken wire and Tposts will probably be the cheapest to contain chickens... no guarantee they won't fly over a 6 foot fence tho.
     
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    ukrkoz Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    That basically is chicken wire...it's just coated with plastic.

    Uncoated would cost about $100 less http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/poultry-netting-72-in-x-50-ft
     
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  5. ukrkoz

    ukrkoz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, here in Pacific NW I have to have it humidity proof. It's WET. HUMID. But it's a very nice option, thank you.
     
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    ukrkoz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll swing by Tractor Supply and check on that netting. There is a local store on our Saturday shopping route. I'll need 3 rolls, it'll add up to $ 190 almost vs $249 for deer netting. Plus I'll need a gate, but that's easy anywhere in local stores. And a few days off work.[​IMG]
     
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    lynnehd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ukrkoz, which Tractor Supply store do you use in our area (if your in the Portland area)?
     
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  8. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't think that chickens see very well or that they are all that great at judging distances. A 5 foot "non-climbable horse fence" with fence posts 3 or 4 feet taller than the 5 foot wire will likely look like an 8 or 9 foot obstacle to most chickens, especially while they are standing on the ground looking up. As for keeping out "tree rats," your own your own.

    Or you could erect a 3 foot fence of stronger wire and then top it with a section of 5 foot 2 inch by 2 inch hex shaped chicken wire on 8 or 9 net foot posts. This will give you an 8 foot tall fence that is too flimsy for a hen to fly up too and then perch on while she plots her next move.

    I once had a run made like this that enclosed 3 acres. it didn't keep 100% of my hens in but it kept 99%+ on the right side of the fence.
     
  9. attimus

    attimus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This green netting is 4' tall and was enough to deter my hens from venturing into the neighbors property to sit under their favorite manzanita, and 3 of them could reach my roof at the time I put this up.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I've seen alot of plastic coated galvanized fencing rot just as fast as uncoated.....
    .......because when the coating starts to break down it actually holds water in contact with the metal.
    Something to think about.

    TSC may have coated wire but maybe not in 6' ...they might not even stock the 6' uncoated....you'll have to ask.
    My TSC charges shipping for anything they don't stock.
     
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