Quick! Fence Height!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ack13, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. ack13

    ack13 Hatching

    Jan 2, 2008
    My chickens are around 5 months old- some heavy birds and some aracaunas and polish as well. Currently they are in a 5' high fence that they can, if they choose, fly out of, even the RIRs and the Wyandottes.

    We are about to release them into the greater yard where we have 4' fences, and are intending to clip their wings to minimize flight escapes, specifically into the neighboring yards.

    But others in my household want only a 3' fence around the precious garden. Can people please please tell me if a 3' fence can/will hold back hungry chickens with clipped wings?

    Also- how much lower should poles in the coop itself be for them to jump onto for roosting? Currently they are 3' off of the ground. Thanks!!
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2008
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    3' fence will not keep out determined chickens, wing clipped or not.

    They can pretty much jump at least that high, land on top of the fence and then go over.

    You'll have to have a higher fence, or keep your chickens up. Sorry...
  3. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I totally agree with Arlee. They will be able to jump up to their 3' high roost with clipped wings so a 3' fence will be no problem. The 4' probably won't be a problem either if they can see through it and want what's on the other side or if you have 1 or 2 that just feel as though they must escape no matter what. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2008

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