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How high do I need my fence?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by venymae, Dec 13, 2015.

  1. venymae

    venymae Prairie Wind

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    I have a run, but am wanting to let my chickens out into the main yard (and also keep my kids in!) if I clip a wing, would a regular 4 foot high fence suffice?
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With a clipped wing a four foot fence should be enough. If it is a solid fence or solid top rail, they may still try. A wire fence without a place to land on top will deter. But there can be the determined one who breaks the rules. Your kids, I wouldn't want to even guess how determined they are.
     
  3. Zinniah

    Zinniah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 5 foot fence and its not enough, his wings are not clipped though ( I cant catch him, lol......). He is a large breed fowl, he is still only 7 months, maybe about 7lbs, so i hope when he gets grown he will be to heavy to escape. The girls are friendly and i can clip their wings so they dont escape, but without their wings clipped they can fly over 7ft onto the greenhouse, and they are about 5 lbs when i weighed them.
     
  4. venymae

    venymae Prairie Wind

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    Our girls are pretty chill. We usually snag them off the roost in the evening when we want to clip wings. They don't move much at night ;)
     

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