wooden snow fence for a moveable run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by vermontgal, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. vermontgal

    vermontgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    I can't find an old thread I thought I remembered on wooden snow fencing as a portable run. I just bought a 50' roll of the 4' wooden snow fence, and am interested in any tips on how to set it up so that it is easy to move every couple days. What should I use as stakes? I have deer netting to use for the top.

    Would appreciate any tips, thanks.
  2. big greg barker

    big greg barker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2008
    central maine
    Go to a concrete supply place or I think Lowes carries rebar.
    When I had horses, I used it so I could move the fences every week. If your fence is 4 feet tall, get 5 foot lengths. Stick them about 10 feet apart, a foot and a half or so down. Find some old electrical wire and strip the outer sheathing off, leaving the 3 plastic coated wires. Cut these into foot long pieces to tie the fence to the rebar. A couple twists will do. Presto, instant fence.
    I would think that wooden snow fence is a pretty cumbersome thing to use as a movable run, but whatever floats your boat. Good luck.................
  3. LesGan

    LesGan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2008
    Columbiana, Alabama
    I use this type fencing within my big garden fence...since planting veggies chix would otherwise eat all of my plants. I use plastic posts from Lowes that are made for electric fencing, a few dollars each, have a spike on the end with a foot "platform" to step on to drive the spike into the ground. I then use 3 foot high plastic chicken netting/wire to attach to it. The posts have multiple clips on them built in that you can attach whatever fencing to. Being in my 60's I can easily pull up posts, roll up fence and all and move to another spot. I use this "Chicken Corral" to take them to the raised bed that I want them to work for me. It has worked like a charm for me. Leslie
  4. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    10X10 chicken run for about $40. Dollar General has a screened gazebo for $30. To keep them from going under the bottom use 3/4 PVC pipe filled with water to weigh it down, and tie wrap. You could also just use bricks or large rocks if you have some. The porch feet for the gazebo will easily move around. I am using 2 for chicks, they also provide shade when the sun is overhead, but because they are tall the shade is less in the afternoon to evening hours. BTW my DW got ours on sale for $22 so it was a real bargain.
  5. vermontgal

    vermontgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for this info. Big Greg, I am still deciding if I am going to use it, vs. building fence panels out of welded wire with a wood frame. Maybe I'll do the other design instead - I think it might be free-standing, or just need 1-2 stakes.

    Leslie, sounds like your fence is not a wooden snow fence, but instead is a similar concept implemented with chicken wire?
  6. Kingston

    Kingston New Egg

    Oct 8, 2014
    Ontario, Canada
    I use snow fence for a run, but it would be a pain to move it, as you'd need to keep driving in stakes, reattaching it, etc. Not sure if it's clear in the photo, but I have a caged run attached to coop that they can come and go into, but still (hopefully) animal proof. (And I can winterize it.) I can also let them out into the larger snow fence run during the day. Around here, snow fence seems to be cheapest option.

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