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movable fencing?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ausamerican33, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. ausamerican33

    ausamerican33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 14 chickens, and a 10X10 (I think) coop that we move around the pasture. Right now, we have a 10x8 dog kennel that we move with it for a small run - mainly the chickens free range anyway. However, there has been several circumstances where they've had to be put in "lock down" - mainly for broody behavior, eggs in strange places, stray dog sightings. So, I'd like to have a fencing system that can be taken down and put up without a lot of hassle, b/c we move the coop every few months. In my mind, I have this picture of the fencing systems used for babies, or the ones for hampsters - they can basically fold up accordian like, and be stretched out to different shapes. Has anyone ever heard of something like this for chickens? I'd want it at least 5 ft high - I'm tired of trying to crawl under the tarp hanging at 4 feet. Does anyone use a similar system, or am I just dreaming up something that is not actually possible to make?
     
  2. brkuk

    brkuk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to use 12' x 6' Kennel panels. They are very light and you can use multiple panels in a row. They attach with the kennel clamps. I am in the fence biz. so we have alot of them around. we use them as temp. Fence. I am also going to use them as the roof. Good Luck.
     
  3. ausamerican33

    ausamerican33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they chain link panels? Can you clip them together, and then remove the clips easily to move them? Thanks for the info! Oh - where can I get them??
     
  4. wrenheninn

    wrenheninn Out Of The Brooder

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    Most major home stores sell 6x6 panels that you can just clip together. You can use as many as you like. There is usually a bolt holding the clips together, so you can undo the bolt if you ever want to take it apart or change the shape.
     
  5. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I LOVE those panels-- unfortunately, we couldn't afford them last season, and were told that they HAD to have fence posts to attach to-- we didn't want posts all over the yard.... so we had to use a less expensive and more temporary fence...

    We used the new plastic fence posts that have a metal spike at the bottom-- they just push into the ground! They have clips down the sides to attach your fencing--easy on, easy off!

    We used the 5-ft posts with a 100ft roll of chicken wire, and a big sheet of bird/deer netting over the top... and put a tarp over one side for shade...

    It works in a pinch until you can get more permanent fencing!
     
  6. ausamerican33

    ausamerican33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Posts with a spike sound cool!! It has to be fairly movable, as we move the coop with our 4 wheeler every couple of months. I just don't know anything about fencing - I'm sure there are much more knowledgable people than I. [​IMG]
     
  7. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    Someone else mentioned on here that they use wooden snow fence for their pastured area and I plan on trying it to extend my 13 by 7 dog kennel area. I figure I can have about 6 different configurations coming off the gate to rotate and preserve the grass. I will also throw netting over it and only let them in there when I will be home to lock them up. I was going to use some welded wire fencing we already have, but I think the snow fence will be easier to roll up and move. Are the plastic posts mentioned here really plastic or are they the fiberglass ones from TSC? Where can I get them?
     
  8. brkuk

    brkuk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They are chain link panels. I am going to put green fabric on the a to block the sun rain and neighbors. Home depot I think sells 10x 6 panels. The clamps just use a bolt. U do not need posts if u have a roof or don't go over 2 panels long. Good luck I'll post pics when I am done next week.
     
  9. brkuk

    brkuk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They are chain link panels. I am going to put green fabric on them to block the sun rain and neighbors. Home depot I think sells 10x 6 panels. The clamps just use a bolt. U do not need posts if u have a roof or don't go over 2 panels long. Good luck I'll post pics when I am done next week.
     
  10. ausamerican33

    ausamerican33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I think 2 panels long would be enough, so it'll be great not to have posts. I can probably hook them onto the coop, I think. I'll need to have a door somewhere in there, though. [​IMG] Please post your pictures when you're done - I'd love to see it!
     

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