What can you put on the top of a 4' fence to keep birds in?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Clarebaxter, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. Clarebaxter

    Clarebaxter Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 14, 2013
    Just built my coop this spring and want to let them range in my side yard. I have 4' cyclone fences. Anything I can add to the top to keep them from flying over?
  2. RanchGirl13

    RanchGirl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well mine has wire right over the top so hawks and cats and other predators dont get them but also to keep them in hope this helps
  3. Sam3 Abq

    Sam3 Abq Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 13, 2013
    Albuquerque, NM
    Thought of clipping wings ?
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Odds are good they won't go over it anyway
  5. kyflock

    kyflock Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 26, 2012
    I've experimented... We want to confine ours to a back pasture. Mine fly over a 4 food fence like it's a little jump to play with. And I have the heavy breeds. We need to eventually fix all our fences and what I want to do is do a five foot with the top being one strand of wire. In my experience trying (and failing) to keep them put when the top of the fence is one strand of wire they don't fly over it as well because there's nothing stable for them to land on them boost off of.
  6. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 29, 2012
    I have a 1200mm plastic wire fence so I think that about 4 foot? and they don't jump that but they do jump the one spot there is a rail to stand on so I'd agree, if they can't jump it in two steps by stopping half way on the top rail they are less likely to jump over.
  7. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2010
    Westfield, Indiana
    The problem with cyclone fences is that they typically have a top rail and that is inviting as a roost bar. I have field fence and the only place that was inviting were the rails of the gates. Adding a wire along the top of the fence is your quickest and cheapest option. You can try clipping a wing on each bird but sometimes that does not work. If you have a heavy breed, they will likely not be a problem getting over the fence when full grown. Mine stay in a 4 ft. field fence fine.

  8. chickencoop789

    chickencoop789 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2012
    New Jersey
    I let mine free range in my whole yard which has a 4' fence. I just clip their wings and give them treats so they know that the yard is a good place to stay. Ive never had one escape
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2013
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  9. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    My fence is roughly 5' tall this is what I have done to just one wing to through them off balance if you clip some secondary feathers on the wing it may work for you. Caution make sure there is not blood int the shaft of the feather when you clip or your bird may bleed to death otherwise no problem.

  10. Clarebaxter

    Clarebaxter Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 14, 2013
    Thanks for all the info!

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