I would really like to free range my chickens but I need about 700 feet of fencing to fence in my yard. I want some input on fencing options. My neighbors hate that I have chickens(I don’t have a rooster, so it’s not that but ,”the neighbor is turning the community into a farm”) and I can’t under any circumstances have escaped chickens. There are also a lot of loose dogs in my area. I REALLY wish I could privacy fence in the whole yard but I think 700 feet of privacy fence would be way more expensive than I could ever afford. I want to get the masses opinions on some things I’m considering. The main things are having a setup best suited for keeping chickens always in the yard(with clipped wings) and being able to actually afford it. My budget is about 5,000. Although I’ve never built fencing myself, I’ve worked in construction a lot and I’m confident I can figure out how to do any type with enough effort, so it’s a factor to consider I could cut out labor costs. The only factor I’m uneasy as far as doing it myself is about getting the fence correctly on the property line. Yes I could get the corners survayed but the issue it theres lots of Hill, valley, trees and two sides would be about 250 Feet so tying a string from one end to the other to line the posts along isn’t really feasible at my amateur level. I’m Wondering if it’s an option to cut labor costs by hiring a fence Builder and giving him 90 or so steaks and have them just knock a steak in the ground every 8 feet where the posts would go. That way I would just follow the steaks and dig a post hole at every one. This is the other cost cutting thing I’m thinking about; I’m thinking that since I have people parallel to my house but the Marjority of the back yard is woods(once fenced, I plan to clear most of the woods out in my yard), I want to, without a doubt privacy fence the front section and maybe a ways back into the woods to have more privacy. I thought maybe chain link could be used for the rest, but Are there other fencing types I could use for the rest that is good for containing chickens and keeping out predators that’s cheaper then chain link? I would think privacy fence is all around the best design for chickens because no holes, the most high and a narrow top. The materials estimate alone based on Home Depot prices is about 4000 to fence the whole thing with a privacy fence. Maybe there’s sources for pressure treated pine that are cheaper then Home Depot? The privacy fence isn’t nessesary for privacy once so far back into the property but I assume would be the best for animals. Maybe for the rest in the woods, a 6 foot high chain link isn’t that much more expensive and still less then an entire privacy fence? I would assume the farm style fences I’ve seen are cheaper then chain length but I would assume it’s not the best for chickens, keeping my animals/children in, and predators out. In short, can I hire someone to competely mark a fence line to save money, and what’s the best options that are chicken proof but cheaper then chain link? I know I could search and google a lot of info on these things, but I process better with open discussion.