Fencing Suggestions Needed

Discussion in 'DIY / Self Sufficiency' started by AmieD, Jan 2, 2017.

  1. AmieD

    AmieD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I have a nice fenced in backyard, but I want to expand into the wooded area behind my home. I have 2 Nigerian Dwarf goats, 40+ chickens, and will soon add ducks. I'm wondering what the most cost effective way to fence the area would be. I have a chainsaw that I will use to thin some of the trees. I want to let the goats gnaw away at the brush. I have been looking at 5 ft welded wire fencing with 2X4 inch spaces and t-posts from Tractor Supply. The fencing is sold in 100 ft rolls. I'm estimating over $400 for the project materials and I would really like to bring the cost down. I looked into electric poultry netting, but with my kids (the human-kind), I don't think it would be safe. Would the welded wire hold up to goats? Any suggestions on less expensive materials? Thanks.
     
  2. Tumbling K

    Tumbling K Overrun With Chickens

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    the fence probably won't hold up for long.

    goats will use it to raise up, to reach leaves and such. They will also rub against it to scratch their sides.

    I didn't see you mention corner posts or "h-braces".

    depending on how much of an area you are going to fence in, there may be other alternatives on going cheaper.
     
  3. scottcaddy

    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    If your kids are more then 4 years old, they will learn to stay away from hot fences. We use hot fences and our kids and later grand-babies learned early on to stay away from fences. Be sure to use a chopper type of hot box, not a steady state output kind.
    I agree with TK about the welded wire and goats, not a good idea.
    Any good fence will cost a fair bit in just material.
    Good luck with your goats.
    Scott
     
  4. AmieD

    AmieD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone tried Non-Climb horse fence for Nigerian Dwarfs and Chickens? Thanks.
     

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