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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 In 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 Crowing 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 In the Brooder

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

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    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. 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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