1. dartfreak75

    dartfreak75 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm building a run around my coop its gonna be pretty big I'm gonna put post in and run weld wire fencing how high should it be so my chickens cant fly or jump over it Im thinkin 7 or8 feet what do yall think if it helps I'm gonna have bramhas barred rocks and sex links
     
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Over time you will likely find some will be able to clear even a 10 foot fence. Clipping wing feathers may be required for some. Aditionally consider having run properly covered to deny hawks and owls.
     
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    I'd go shorter and cover it.
     
  4. dartfreak75

    dartfreak75 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea my original plan was to cover it I was trying to cut cost down a little
     
  5. HippoMom

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    Do many of you clip your chicken's flight feathers? Is that common?
     
  6. gardendufus

    gardendufus Chillin' With My Peeps

    One method I've heard that helps stop this is to have your fence about 6" higher than your posts, not anchored to anything. This would have the effect of not providing anything solid for the birds to land on, as they would most likely fly to the top, perch, and then fly down.

    Before I covered mine, I saw one of mine (a BR)attempt to fly to the top of my wire fence. She got to the top (6' but she launched from a 3' high roost), but immediately fell back into the run when there was nothing but wire for her to grip onto.

    For an inexpensive cover for your run, go to the garden section of your home improvement store and buy some bird netting It's black plastic and usually comes in a roll that's about 14' by 14'. It's lightweight, but the birds recognize that it's there and don't challenge it. I ran baling wire back and forth across the run to provide some support, then attached the bird netting to my fence with zip ties.
     
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  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I have clipped wings before but not many folks do it. It must be done correctly to properly inhibit flight and must be repeated following each moult. I no longer do it since flight sometimes requred to escape predators and always to get to my roosts that can be several feet high at very least.
     
  8. dartfreak75

    dartfreak75 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm gonna measure everything tomorrow and see how much fence I'm gonna need I may just cover it one reason I didn't want to is I have Apple trees over head I thought that would be a nice summer treat for the chickens when the apples fall I may just cover half and leave the Apple tree half open
     
  9. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I currently cover my run with deer netting to keep the hawks from having lunch. We're building a new coop and run and will be covering it for that reason and also to provide shade from the sun as well as protection from rain and snow.
     
  10. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Chillin' With My Peeps

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