What kind of fence?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BroosterSpringsteen, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. BroosterSpringsteen

    BroosterSpringsteen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens free range a little too freely. I want to build a fence. I'm feeling really overwhelmed with the options. I was thinking of building an enclosed run, so that I wouldn't have to lock them up every night, but I don't think I can afford to build one as large as I would like. So I'm thinking a fence would be better, and I'll close them up in the coop in the evening.

    Any ideas for poultry fencing? We have a lot of wood laying around, and hardware cloth. I've also looked at electric fencing, which seems like it might be a good option, but is it safe to have around kids?
     
  2. loanwizard

    loanwizard Chillin' With My Peeps

    Electric is safe around kids in my opinion. It only bites for a second lol!

    I would look into electric poultry netting myself but if you have hardware cloth and lumber just build something. I used T post and chicken wire last year and it kept them in (for the most part).

    I moved them to the barn this year and they have their own stall with a pop door. They range my lil 4 acres and find their way to the barn every night, all 51 of them.
     
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Unless you use electric NET, it won't keep chickens in

    I'd just use welded wire for the run itself, and if you have a big predator problem, run a few electric wires around that
     
  4. Cargo

    Cargo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it is just to contain the chickens you can use chicken wire.
     
  5. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm not sure that electric fencing is an effective chicken container. I've seen mine leaning against it. If you do decide to go with electric, make sure you get a pulsed charger, not a weed burner.
     
  6. Bear Foot Farm

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    Quote: The visible netting keeps them in
    The electrcity is to keep predators out
     
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  7. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the electric poultry netting from Premier. I'll tell you what, if a chicken gets up against this fence, it's VERY obvious they feel it. They are not too quick to get lean on it again.
    Jack
     
  8. BroosterSpringsteen

    BroosterSpringsteen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the input. I'm rethinking electric in favor of building a covered run. Yesterday morning I walked outside, and 2 of my hens were on the roof of the house. My house is 3 stories. I have no idea how they got up there. They must have used a tree, but apparently, they can fly even higher than I realized. Plus, I was visiting a friend with a new chicken run, and they had a nice simple design I think I can imitate using existing scrap wood.
     
  9. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm giving 3:1 that their wings aren't clipped?
     
  10. BroosterSpringsteen

    BroosterSpringsteen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: They are definitely not clipped [​IMG] It's like having a living weather vane.
     

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