Yard fence

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sadie, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. Sadie

    Sadie Hatching

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    How tall should I make my fence inorder to keep chikens in??
     
  2. BantyRooster

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    What kind of chickens are they? Banties fly better than large birds. They'd need a top of some sort or you;d have to clip their wings. Large birds, like Reds or Rocks can fly a little, but four or five feet should keep them in. For a few extra dollars I'd use 6ft welded wire as added insurance.
     
  3. citrusdreams

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    My chickens get up and roost on a six foot fence. They didn't even use anything to get up there.
     
  4. monathequeen

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    Hi, Welcome !!!
    My fence is four feet high. I bought a roll of chicken wire and post. I have a post about every 6 feet. You may want to steak down the bottom with plastic or metal tent steaks to keep predators from slipping under and eating your bird's.
    I have had all sorts of wild beast digging under the wire to gain access to the inside.
    They lucked out and killed three of my Duck's.

    Dug a whole and bent the wire and had a 'Duck Buffet" for dinner.
    :(That was Before I steaked down the wire. Also, the chickens will slip out from underneath if they are really determined to free range.
    Is this your first Chicken family ?
     
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  5. Sadie

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    I haven't gotten the chikens yet but I want an Ester Egger (Medium 6-7 lbs). I also should mention I have a dog (52 lb.). What do I need to do to make sure they keep seperate?
     
  6. BantyRooster

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    What kind of dog? Some dogs will care less about getting your birds, some live for it. I have German Shorthaired Pointers and they make a living hunting birds.

    I have 6ft welded wire fence with the bottoms bent and stuck 4 inches under the soil. Around the bottom I have 24 inches of chicken wire to keep the younger bird's heads inside the fence. That set up keeps my dogs out and the birds in.
     
  7. Sadie

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    I have a mut, Lab/australian shepard. She doesn't pay much attention to my parakeets as long as they are in the cage.
     

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