1. MVchickens

    MVchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2010
    Martha's Vineyard MA
    Is there anyway to keep chickens inside a 4-5 foot fence? I plan to not have a top rail on the fence top so they do not have a goal to get to. will this work? any suggestions? Im trying to keep it pretty good looking and not obstructing the views of the pond. if it helps i plan on having about 30 birds in the 30x64ft area im trying to fence.
  2. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    My yard is about 50x100 and has 4 ft. chain link on two sides and 6ft stockade on the other. If you choose "heavy" breeds you are better apt to keep the inside the fence. Some of the lighter breeds are flighty and will surely go over it. Also I don't have anything near the perimeter for them to launch from to go over the fence from.
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
  4. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    4 to 5 ft should work for the most part for heavy breeds. I have a 5ft fence around my run (havent' closed it for ever though) & they can't jump out. I have mostly buff orps - good & heavy.

    If you find one that sees the greener grass - clip the wings.

    I find that if they are entertained & have food they wont even wonder about the 'outside'.
  5. valentinebaby

    valentinebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    Sherman-Denison, TX
    Look for aviary netting - most nurseries and feed stores sell it to keep birds off of fruit trees. It keeps the birds from potentially flying out, but I use it over a new temporary run I made next to their "armored" enclosed run to keep the owls out. From a few feet away you can't see it over the top of the fencing. It works - I actually watched one day as a Barred Owl swooped down for the kill and had to divert its attack because of the netting.
  6. MVchickens

    MVchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2010
    Martha's Vineyard MA
    Thanks. I cant cover it because the run will include a couple large pine trees and we get quit a bit of snow throughout the winter(we just got a couple inches today and i looked out to see the aviary netting over the garden collapsed). I think that i can keep them all entertined enough to stay in when I want them too, I also will let them out to free range regularly as I do now
  7. mulewagon

    mulewagon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2010
    Heavy breeds can get over a six-foot fence when they're young - I've had both Brahmas and Orpingtons make it, even with clipped wings. They got too fat at about 7 months.
  8. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    I have a 4 ft fence around my yard w/ 49 chickens that free range. I've only had 2 breeds that get out all the time. A Silver Laced Wyandotte & a Golden Comet. They've learned how to get out and get back in. Yesterday I had a Amberlink get out for the first time. She just followed the other 2. So, I'd say you might have one are two that aren't as content as the rest!!
  9. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    I had a six foot fence for my barred rocks many years ago & I had one pet that let herself in & out everyday. Nothing would keep her in until I covered it with deer netting.
  10. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    I have a barn that has joists that are 8 foot off the ground I have some of my free ranging chickens roosting on the joists at night..
    Now the Larger breeds ( Brahma, Reds, Wyandottes, etc. ) are roosting about 6 1/2 feet off the ground.


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