Installing Chicken Fencing – Tips
Installing chicken fencing is pretty straightforward and there are plenty of how-to guides online. Anyone that is handy should have no trouble designing a chicken run and installing the fencing. But there are several things that you need to remember as you are installing your chicken fence.
There are 3 main reasons you install chicken fencing.
- Let’s face it, most chickens are free spirits and without chicken fencing, they are free to wander anywhere they want. Not all of your neighbors appreciate your flock’s ability to completely turn a flower bed under in 10 minutes flat! Installing something to keep your chickens confined is a must.
- Also, since most of us want the eggs that our lovely hens produce, we need to have some control over where they lay their eggs.
- And last but not lease, I don’t like it when predators get into my chicken area and my chickens are killed.
Before you start installing chicken fence, let’s talk about some things that you need to think about.
* What type of chicken fencing should you install? The most commonly used types of wiring are the chicken or poultry wiring or the smaller mesh with the very small square openings. Either one should work just fine.
* I always strongly recommend putting up a double layer of wiring because I have had chickens pulled through just one layer of poultry wiring.
* Stretch the wiring as tightly as possible between the posts so that there is no give in the fence.
* I would also recommend burying the fence at least a foot in the ground and some people recommend that you bury it at least two feet in the ground. Many predators are very determined and will dig down and go under the wiring to get to your chickens.
* Another idea is to burying the fencing is to create an “apron” of sorts. You bend the fencing along the bottom so that it is an “L” shape. You can secure the apron portion to the ground using landscape anchors and also allow grass, plants and weeds to grow up through it. It will be very secure and you won’t have to dig any trenches to bury your fence.
* Make sure that there are no gaps anywhere in the fence after it has been installed.
* And lastly, be sure and check your fence periodically for holes, loose areas or damaged wiring. I am paranoid about the safety of my hens and I tend to check the fencing at least once a month but do whatever works best for you.
These are all common sense things to think about when you are installing chicken fencing. Different areas of the country have different predators to worry about so you may think of even more things to add to the list.
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