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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by brahamacocks14, Jan 26, 2014.
How high is your chicken wire??
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.
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Welcome to BYC! 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.
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.
Thanks for your help!
Great advice given above - welcome to BYC.
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.
Alright great to have ya here with us
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
Glad you joined us! TwoCrows and Wyandottes7 gave good advice.