How high for predator fence?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by JimNAZ, Jul 25, 2016.

  1. JimNAZ

    JimNAZ Out Of The Brooder

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    We need to separate our roosters from the hens. Looking at an area next to our coop/run that we can fence in to keep predators out and roosters in. The area will be more of a circle design, lots of trees for roosting and the tree canopies are close together which will make it difficult for flying predators to swoop down and attack.
    The predators known to our area are Hawks, foxes, coyotes, skunks, mountain lions and bears. We have seen everything but the mountain lions and bears.
    I was thinking of using 2"x4" welding wire fencing 6' high, electrify if needed and even tie in some bird netting at the top of the fence to the trees.
    How does this sound? Is the fence high enough? Any other suggestions? Would rather not build another run and do not want to free range them.
    Thx
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    No raccoons?

    Foxes can jump/climb a 10' fence. Raccoons can climb anything.

    An electric wire at the bottom and the top would probably work for a 6' fence.
    My fences are much shorter but the chickens are locked in at dusk.
     
  3. JimNAZ

    JimNAZ Out Of The Brooder

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    Nope, haven't seen any raccoons. We live in northern Arizona and it's considered high desert. Not really their habitat. Thanks for the feedback.
     

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