I am a newbie

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by imkiki, Sep 14, 2014.

  1. imkiki

    imkiki Hatching

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    Hi, I just got 5 pullets and a coop. This is my first time with chickens. We have a lot of fox and hawks in our area so we are trying to protect the girls but still give them some time to peck a round. We want to electrify a run but I am not sure how to handle the gate. We have looked at the 4 foot net fence with electrified tape and the 6 foot hard mesh fence. Any ideas on what is best and also how to handle an entryway into the pen? Anything we came up with seems to make the pen vulnerable.
     
  2. chikkenfriend

    chikkenfriend Songster

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    Hello and welcome! Thanks for joining and thanks for caring for your girls!

    Look up coop designs, lots of info there. Sounds like you're building a fortress, though. Good for you!

    Welcome again! :welcome
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

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  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I'm not very good with coop construction.

    Best of luck to you!
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    Sorry, but I don't have much experience with coop construction, and I've never used electric fencing. My runs are part of the coop, and are made of hardware cloth and wood.
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I've never used electric fencing either for chicken protection. Like Wyandottes7, my runs are part of the coop and I rely on hardware cloth to keep out predators. Definitely take a look at the link that TwoCrows left you with. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. What kind of chickens do you have?
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  9. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chirping

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    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Why not start a new thread in the predator section to ask about electric fencing and restate your ideas of a gate etc.? I think that is where you will find the people most experienced with this type of security..
     

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