Stasi

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Jul 30, 2008
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Hello - Typically how high of a fence does one need to keep chickens enclosed? We built a large pen so my girls won't eat half the garden this year but they keep getting out. I feel like I'm being outsmarted by my chickens.
 

Imp

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Sep 7, 2008
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Stasi,
Welcome to BYC. I think it depends a little on breed and age of chicken. Pullets can fly better than older hens. My heavy breed hens never fly, and don't go over the 4-5 foot fence. I had some hens a few years ago that never crossed the 18" fence around the veggies, but help me if they figured out how to wiggle under or through. I think they are like rats in that they can get through a hole the size of a dime.
Good Luck

Imp/Russ

A garden is a great motivator to learn how to fly.
 
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abChicken

Songster
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Mar 10, 2008
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For my large lot i used 5foot 2x4inch welded wire, covered with 2inch chicken wire keeps them in and hawks out.
I also have several small pens for bantam pairs with only 30 inch tall wire.
 

patandchickens

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Apr 20, 2007
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The problem is that it depends on how much they want to get out. Which, you generally won't know except by, you know, seeing if they get out


For not-especially-flying-inclined breeds in a place they enjoy and don't want to seek greener pastures than, 3-4' is often sufficient (at least, most of the time); for chickens more inclined to fly, or less fully thrilled with their world inside the fence, or if there'd be serious repercussions if they *ever* got out, a fence may not be the best strategy.

Plus, remember that the fence also has to keep predators *out*. Dogs can clear 4' easily.

Good luck,

Pat
 

scooter147

Songster
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Jul 30, 2008
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The heavy breeds a fence of four foot USUALLY stops them. The leghorns, minorcas, hamburg breeds etc.generally can clear a 6 foot fence no problem.
Go to Lowes and buy deer netting usually around 12-15 dollars for 7 feet by 100 feet. Also get some light weight zip ties. This stuff is easy to work with and last for quite some time.
It will stop the flying over the fence and keeps out birds of prey and wild birds if the side fence is bird proof.
 

kycklingmamma

Songster
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Jun 10, 2008
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My slice of Heaven on Earth...
We have 5' fence around our run and low and behold a few of our chickens, mainly the australorps and the ameracaunas kept on flying over it, so we clipped their wings and they still kept getting over it. I now have an additional 2 feet of birdnetting around the perimeter and finally they stay in. Unfortunately one of our ameracaunas didn't learn until to late, and our Westie licked it to death....

Kycklinmamma
 

a2ms4chickens

Songster
12 Years
Dec 16, 2007
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Tucson, AZ
We have a pen with a 4" fence and my chickens all jump on the gate. We are putting a roof over the pen and putting chicken wire from the fence to the roof to keep them in, and owls, hawks, etc. out.

I have a very large RIR roo who was able to jump on the fence, and then he started crowing. He didn't jump or fly over it, but he could have if he wanted to.
 

lisahaschickens

Songster
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Feb 25, 2009
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I highly suggest a wire roof on the run so that they can't get out and things can't in to get them. That will solve the problems all around. Check my blog (link in my signature) for pics of our run with a roof.
 

lisahaschickens

Songster
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Feb 25, 2009
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Vancouver, WA
I highly suggest a wire roof on the run so that they can't get out and things can't in to get them. That will solve the problems all around. Check my blog (link in my signature) for pics of our run with a roof.
 

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