Wanted to share my temporary fencing solution. We have a small yard (0.4 acres) and can't let the hens out to free range or they end up scratching in other peoples yards. I didn't want electric fencing due to the cost and we don't have a dog problem in our area. I purchased a plastic fence 4 feet tall by 330 feet long: http://www.amazon.com/Dog-Fence-Standard-Perimeter-4x330/dp/B003RBTZOQ I then purchased relatively inexpensive step on plastic fence posts from Tractor supply. I ended up cutting the fence into 3 sections for flexibility. I can direct the girls where I want them. I've only had one fly over once. Difficult to see below but the fence does run back along the pachysandra. The hens are down in the old compost pile: I understand there is the risk of hawks or stray dogs plowing through the fence but the trees provide good cover and this is a compromise that works for me. Pretty much they only get let out on nice weekend days.