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How tall should my fences be?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by musicalchickenraiser, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. musicalchickenraiser

    musicalchickenraiser Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 15, 2008
    I'm about to begin sketching out designs for movable fence sections and I need a good idea of how high chickens can fly. Any suggestions would be great.
  2. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    Quote:What breeds are you going to be penning???????????

    This is the biggest determining factor. Some heavy breeds are good for 4 feet while other laying breeds can clear 6 feet if they so decide to do so.
  3. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    I've got a Wheaten Penedesenca that easily flies to the top of my covered run - it's over 6' high.

    I also have some EEs and an Ameraucana that easily fly at least 5'.

    Will your run be covered?
  4. musicalchickenraiser

    musicalchickenraiser Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 15, 2008
    I have 3 Rhode Island Reds currently.
  5. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Now this is an odd situation as I have to have a top on my 6' fence or they fly over, yet when they are out free ranging, we have a 3 ft fence, the plastic mesh type with rope around the top to show it to us humans. I do not understand it, other then that is what they want. Good luck!
  6. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    It needs to be roofed or covered securely to keep predators out. A chicken can fly 30' into a tree but that's not the real issue- losing them as a cheap meal for predators is the issue.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2008

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