What height chicken wire?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Meesh, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. Meesh

    Meesh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,

    I picked up a few rolls of 3' chickenwire yesterday so I could improve the 8' garden fence around my free-range area. There is currently an 8' tall fence made of fieldwire. I want to put up chickenwire around the bottom.

    Do I need to put up 3' of chickenwire, or go 6' high? The chickenwire is to encourage the chickens to stay in the free range area, but it's not a catastrophe if they get out.

    Here's my layout. There will be a secure, covered run inside of this free-range area.

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    Thanks!
    Michelle
     
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd think that 3' up should be fine for the chicken wire.
     
  3. Meesh

    Meesh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the quick answer. I was hoping 3' would be OK. [​IMG]
     
  4. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    What breed(s) of chicken. Many of my LF will clear a 7 foot game fence with ease.
     
  5. Meesh

    Meesh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Delaware, Faverolles, Polish, Ameraucana.

    The free range area will not have a top, so yes they could fly out of it.

    Cheers,
    Michelle
     
  6. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You definately have the potential for fence hoppers there. Only thing is to try and see if they decide to stay where you want them to be. I have watched some of my ameraucana literally scale the fence. Others could care less.
     
  7. unionwirewoman

    unionwirewoman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just walked out this morning to find one of my new banty roo's being hearded by my cat . My fence is 7' high . I got him back in no problem . I have also had my banty turken girls do this . If you have banty chickens 3' is just a bump . I saw one of my red stars fly to 3/4 of the top fence line today also . IMHO 3' won't stop anything .[​IMG]
     

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