Run fence height

cdworks

In the Brooder
6 Years
Aug 21, 2013
15
2
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I was just going to run a fence around the area I want my chickens. I have 4ft fencing and I am looking at getting RIRs. Will I need to cover the top to keep them from flying over the fencing?
 

LOLchick

Chirping
6 Years
Apr 1, 2013
88
10
51
California
Yes, you'll need some sort of cover over the top. My RIR is a good flyer. Can fly into the 6 foot fence with ease.
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But she is only about 24 weeks. Don't know how they are when they are older. Buff orpington's probably wouldn't be able to.
 

thomasboyle

Songster
7 Years
Feb 28, 2013
935
325
186
NW Hills of CT
Each bird is different. All of my chickens and ducks are capable of flying over the 42" fence I have around their free range yard, but none of the chickens have gone over it, and only 4 of my ducks do it on occasion (to get to the kiddie pool I have outside the fence). Sometimes you will have a hen that will constantly fly over a fence, not matter how high. My guineas would regularly perch on the peak of the shed and garage, easily 20 feet from the ground. If you have a flyer, you may need to clip its wings. That said, I do have a roof over the small 15x15 run attached to the coop, so the birds can get fresh air anytime and not be in danger from predators. They only go to the free range area when I am home.
 

scooter147

Songster
11 Years
Jul 30, 2008
2,042
81
221
Missouri
More importantly in my opinion is netting to keep flying predators out. So problem solved as far as keeping chickens in.
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sepaditty1

Songster
11 Years
Mar 29, 2008
771
78
198
South Carolina
Our fence is only 3 feet. Our girls are constantly going over it. I haven't bothered to switch it to 4 foot, because I figured they could go over that, too. I haven't seen the need for a cover. They come back to go to bed. As for predators...now you've got me nervous. But the tree they sleep in is in the middle of their run, so they wouldn't have anywhere to sleep if I put nets up.
 

Wrooster

Songster
9 Years
Apr 13, 2013
163
61
161
Northern Florida
As others have said, they'll get over it if they want to. But it's not easy for them especially if you clip ONE wing and they'll get tired of it unless they have a really good reason. Our fencing is 4' and after the novelty wears off they stay inside. It helps if you're there to round them up before something else does. We have some large window screens that we prop up to form a funnel to the door to the coop and herd escapees into the funnel. Had to do it a few times with each new batch of chickens.
 

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