How make easy garden fence for chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lyndatu, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. lyndatu

    lyndatu Songster

    Nov 13, 2007
    Hello, there! [​IMG]

    I am planning to start a small vegetable garden in my backyard, but the yard is home to free-range chickens. According to some sources, chickens will destroy all the plants in their path. A fence around the garden patch would be handy to keep the chickens away, but I want a simple, easy-to-make fence because I'm an amateur at carpentry. We ha e lots of spare wood, wires and tools. Perhaps a simple fence of chicken wire/hardware cloth supported by some wooden poles would be enough? Do you have suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    I have found the best chicken fence to be wooden snow fence. It is perfect, i use it for pasturing my hens around the yard.
  3. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    You want a permanent fence or what? An easy fence isn't made out of wood. It's made out of metal mesh, plastic mesh, or electric wire strands. I just get some fiberglass rods (dirt cheap at the feed store) and a roll of plastic mesh garden fencing. Use plastic cable or zip ties to attach it to the rods and you have a fence in less than 30mins. I can do a 100x50' garden in 30-60mins. It can also be removed in about the same amount of time and rolled up for next year so you can till or work on the garden with any equipment. If they still jump over the fence for a small garden you can get netting to throw over top. For a large garden if I need something sturdier I upgrade to tposts and 6' high metal mesh fencing. Then you have to use a post pounder to put them in and preferably a tractor to pull them out. Although it's possible by hand.
  4. lyndatu

    lyndatu Songster

    Nov 13, 2007
    Thanks for the replies everyone!

    Unfortunately we do not have wooden snow fence here in our place, but still thank you very much.

    I might be able to do Akane's method - cheap, simple and easy enough for me. I'll look for the fiberglass rods in the stores, we have lots of mesh in our house. But I have another question: How high should the fence be? My planned garden size is a small 8' x 10'. How high should I build the fence to prevent the chickens from invading the vegetable patch? Sorry for all the silly questions!

    Thanks in advance!
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Even my heaviest hens can fly over a 5 - 6 foot fence. You might be better off building the chickens a summer run and having your garden all to yourself. They will eat everything there and you won't get any.
  6. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Quote:Amen, I replanted twice!
  7. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    That is the problem with fiberglass rods. They are cheap, easy to put in, easy to take out, and plenty sturdy but it's hard to find any over about 3' high. With a stiff fence you can continue another 2-3' before it starts to tip at the top but that's about your limit. It's also right around as high as the chickens are likely to try flying over. Lighter breeds and bantams can make well over that. My japs make it 16-20' up when they feel like it. [​IMG]
  8. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Songster

    Apr 29, 2007
  9. Andora

    Andora Songster

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I plan on trying metal poles with farm wire fencing on them. The ones I have are about 5 feet tall. If any of my birds start flying over fences I have to clip one wing, since I don't want them flying into the neighbor's yard here in the suburbs!
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm 10 Years

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I have several gardens. I had to fence in a range area. I originally let them free range but they were destroying my gardens, and spreading my mulch piles all over. I got tired of constantly raking up my mulch piles and replanting my gardens. I tried spraying them with my garden sprayer or sometime put the sprinklers on. They would run out, but when the sprinklers were off they would venture in again. The temptation, so instead of fencing in my gardens, they got fenced in. Also I covered their run. They can fly over the fences if they wanted to but they are now in part of last years corn field. Lots of stuff to pick at and I put some baled alfalfa in their area too. They seem contented.

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