Newbie-can somebody help, need advice

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ochomme, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. ochomme

    ochomme Hatching

    Feb 3, 2008
    I have never had chickens before but am seriously thinking about it. I have a large lot in the city with six to eight foot fence around. The only thing is that I have only a 4 foot iron fence across the front. The space between the fence bars is only 4 inches so I don't think that would be a problem for larger adult hens. But would they jump/fly over the 4 foot height. I wouldn't want them to be able to get out near the street in front. Please some of you experienced folks give me some advice. Thanks!!
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    If you are in the city I advise you to biuld a small house and a closed run and keep them in it (coop). When you are outside - maybe an hour before the sun set you can let them free range. With chickens running free in your yard you are asking for every dog, cat and other predator in the neighborhood to come to your house for a chicken dinner.
  3. NS2A

    NS2A Songster

    Jun 11, 2007
    Some breeds could clear that fence. You could try clipping the outside feathers (the first 3 or 4) though.

    I'd keep them enclosed in the city at all times IMO.
  4. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

    Dec 21, 2007
    Quote:if your in the city, i wouldnt take the chance because wing clipping doesnt always work...beleive EE could jump a 5 and 1/2 foot fence still with its wings clipped....

    i would maybe either make a taller fence or a closed run for them [​IMG] what do u think ur gona get?

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