Letting your birds wander- How high should the fence be?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by OldMacDonald, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. OldMacDonald

    OldMacDonald Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a small backyard that is surrounded by a 6 foot privacy fence. BUT- I have raided garden boxes along the fence which are about 2 feet high. My question is, if I let my chickens roam around, how likely is it that they will hop from the ground to the garden boxes and then four more feet over the fence?

    I don't want them getting out.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Likely, I'd say -- if they want to.
     
  3. jelly713

    jelly713 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have to agree with ddawn. They are going to go wherever suits their desire.
    I'm fortunate. I live in the country, so mine run all over the place. However, you
    must weigh good situations with the bad. I have predators to consider. It
    seems we all enjoy a good chicken dinner! Yum!!

    Mine even get on the roof of the house. Sometime it's like The Clampett's around
    here.

    Good luck with your birds. Post a pix so we can see what kind of critters you got.

    Jelly
     
  4. OldMacDonald

    OldMacDonald Out Of The Brooder

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    What if I tie little weights onto their legs?
     
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  5. eastercreek

    eastercreek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seriously??
     
  6. Blubrd

    Blubrd Out Of The Brooder

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    You might want to try clipping a wing.
     
  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Clipping sounds worse than it is. It is merely giving the outer, long wing feathers a haircut with a pair of household sheers. [​IMG]
     
  8. HappyChickenLover

    HappyChickenLover Chillin' With My Peeps

    a 4 foot fence will work with egg layers. Roosters need to have wings cliped. if you want to go higher you can easially do that. i know people who have 3 foot electric fences keep layers in cause they get so fat
     
  9. OldMacDonald

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    If you think I'm serious about tying weights to their legs I may be in the wrong forum...

    All humor aside, if I clip their wings, would that keep them from jumping two feet onto the garden boxes and then four feet more (without a running start) up over the fence?
     
  10. OldMacDonald

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    By the way- I have only a few pullets for egg laying.
     

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