How high is "your" chicken wire?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by brahamacocks14, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. brahamacocks14

    brahamacocks14 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 22, 2014
    How high is your chicken wire??
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    Are you talking about fencing? I don't use chicken wire on anything as it is not all that predator proof. Things can chew thru it, so I use hardware cloth on everything. But chicken wire can be good for lining outdoor fencing for just keeping chickens confined. And the height of fencing depends on the breed and flying ability of the bird. Smaller breed chickens can sail over 7 foot fencing, where as the heavier breeds usually can't get over a 7 foot fence.

    Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you. I don't use chicken wire for my fencing; its too weak, and predators can get in. In general, if you're fencing chickens in, you want the fence to be at least four feet high. However, a determined chicken, or a lightweight or gamey breed can fly over fences much higher than this.
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    Make it a decent height, but if your using posts don't make them so the chickens can land on them. Chickens mostly only fly over a fence if they can land on something like a post then fly down from the post and be on the other side. Note: Wooden fences are bad for this reason. Bantams/small chickens can actually fly higher then larger chickens.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2014
  5. brahamacocks14

    brahamacocks14 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 22, 2014
    Thanks for your help!
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Great advice given above - welcome to BYC.
  7. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Height is not so much of an issue if you cover your run. My run is constructed of chain link dog run panels and is only 4 feet high with heavy duty shade cloth for a cover. I will add the disclaimer stating that it is in no way predator proof against night time predators but for where I live it's fine for daytime. Birds are secured in predator proof coops at night.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2014
  8. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have ya here with us [​IMG]


    Can you see my fence in the background it is 6 feet high or
    2 meters for the rest of you and my chickens still fly over it
    if they need or want to [​IMG]
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us! TwoCrows and Wyandottes7 gave good advice.
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

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