really strange question.....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by blueberrychickens, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How tall is a full grown hen? We are starting the run soon & plan to go 18" up from the ground w/ the hardware cloth. Will that be high enough to keep their heads in & out of the hands of racoons?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    Yes, 18" should be plenty. 12" is a little too short.
     
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    When I first read your post, I thought you were only going to make the run 18 inches high! haha. My full grown standard chickens are just a bit short of knee high. 18 inches would probably do it, but 24 inches would be sure!

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  4. georgialee

    georgialee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So you're saying the run will be 18" tall? What breeds of chickens do you have? That would be too short for some of the chooks I have here - marans, welsummers, wyandottes, etc.
     
  5. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh no, not just 18" high, more like 6 feet high! [​IMG] Putting the hardware cloth on the bottom to keep heads in & hands out!!! Burying the apron out 18" too!
     
  6. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    A standing coon can probably reach over 18 inch wire. I'd go at least 24".
     
  7. Finn's Mom

    Finn's Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, I have to agree -- a full grown raccoon can have a good reach if it is determined -- 18 would be ok, but 24 would be better.

    I too was picturing the short version of your run. [​IMG]
     
  8. georgialee

    georgialee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahhhh....gotchya! [​IMG] I would go around 24"... if it's easier to go 18" though then I would stick with that.
     
  9. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I figured that the hardware cloth we bought is 36", so 1/2 goes under the grass & 1/2 goes up the fence. They will be locked up @ nite inside their Fort Knox coop. Run is going to be 25'x10'. Spoiled spoiled chickens..... [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

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    You need to go 24" if you have standard hens. I have a 6 foot fence....bottom two feet is a smaller mesh top 4 feet is 2"x2". My big roos are taller than 24"....the hens a bit shorter.
     

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