Is a 3 foot high fence tall enough for bantams?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Jmurcks, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. Jmurcks

    Jmurcks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 30, 2009
    North Alabama
    Looking for options to put a fence around my coop... would 3 foot be tall enough to prevent them jumping/flying out?
    They'll be cooped up at night so I am not particularly worried about predators.
    This fence will also be inside my fenced in (chain link) yard.
    Thanks! Jennifer
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I wouldn't think so. I don't have bantams, but a full sized chicken can clear a 6 foot fence, so I think a bantam could handle a 3 footer.
  3. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    My banty flies just as high as my Lakenvelders which are known to be flighty birds!
  4. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Banties don't carry much weight, so they can FLYYYYYYY!
  5. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Bantams fly better than standards, by far.

    One of my girls flies up to a shelf in the coop and spends her nights up there, it must be 6 foot off the ground!
  6. millie481

    millie481 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 1, 2010
    Marengo, Ohio
    I'd just put a flight net over it and call it a day![​IMG]
  7. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    If talking silkies and most cochin bantams then 3 feet is enough. Clean legged bantams can hop over it very easily.

    My mutt bantam lot has an 11 foot fence. 3 of them can still clear it. The bottom 6 feet is chicken wire and the upper 5 is deer netting. Come spring I am removing the netting and running a new batch across to put an actual top on it.

  8. Jmurcks

    Jmurcks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 30, 2009
    North Alabama
    I figured as much!
    It would be for cochins and I actually found some 4 foot wire on
    but I am afraid that might be pushing it!

    I am not so much worried about them running off as the chain link is 6 foot high but more or less
    "mingling" together as I am wanting to keep them seperated for breeding purposes!
    Thanks! Jennifer
  9. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    Bantams are far more aerodynamic than heavier standard breeds. Mine can get over a 6-foot fence. If you don't need to get in there keep it 3 feet high and put something on top.
  10. Jmurcks

    Jmurcks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 30, 2009
    North Alabama
    Quote:I may have to do that!

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