Feb 142012
 

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. 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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Jun 012010
 

Fencing For Chickens – Why You Should Invest In Good Fencing!

Fencing for chickens is the best way to stay on good terms with your flock of hens.Fencing for chickens will protect your flock.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love my chickens but one day I was at the end of my rope!

Why you might ask?Fencing for chickens will protect your flock.

I came home from work one day – not too long after my first chickens were finally old enough to free range – and discovered that ALL of my flower beds and my garden had been completely destroyed!

It seems that while they are out puttering around in my yard, they discovered the joys of scratching around in my garden and my flower beds.  The problem is that they can destroy these areas in a very short span of time which I  unfortunately discovered.  I obviously was not going to get rid of my chickens but when I finally got tired of my flock going where I didn’t want it to go, I started investing in some chicken fencing.

Fencing For Chicken Options

There are several options available when you go online and look for “fencing for chickens”.  The old standby that is still commonly used is the chicken or poultry fencing.  It is a mesh type fencing with small openings that can be ideal to help keep the little darlings out of areas you don’t want them in.  Just keep in mind that poultry fencing is not a good option for predator control as it can be pretty easily torn through.

Poultry Fencing or Chicken Wire

The basic problem with any type of fencing for chickens is that those girls (and boys) are smarter than most people give them credit for and they can fly pretty well too.  Most of my chickens were most appreciative of the fact that I was nice enough to provide fencing for them to land on and perch on.  So I found that when I used this fencing to basically cordon off my garden and flower beds it was very effective, as long as I also put it over the top as well as along the sides.  I also had to build frames to support the weight of the chickens as they walked over the top of the mesh trying to get to the flowers and veggies! It was a huge pain in the you know what, but well worth it to me.

 

Plastic Mesh Fencing

A friend of mine got creative when looking at fencing for chickens and used the plastic mesh fencing to try and contain her birds.  It comes in a variety of colors including orange, green and white.  I was skeptical about it working but, while it didn’t look great, it functioned surprisingly well. It’s a fairly tall fencing and is durable so it can be moved around if you want to.  It is easy to work with and can be stapled or hooked to posts, garages, your house, etc.  Again, the biggest problem is that smart chickens figure out how to fly over it or try to perch on it.  I personally didn’t find it very effective at keeping my chickens in or out of certain areas.

Chain Link Fencing

Chain link fencing actually worked very well too.  It is very durable and predators cannot tear through it.  The biggest problem with using chain link is its cost and it is harder to install.  But, you can go to Tractor Supply or just about any other hardware or feed store and by chain link panels to use as fencing for chickens.  These panels can then be secured together and assembled pretty quickly.  I recommend lining the inside of the wire with a layer of chicken wiring along the bottom as an added layer of protection.

2 inch x 4 inch Mesh 14 Gauge Galvanized Wire Fencing

This is another type of fencing that can also be successfully used as it is very strong and more affordable.  Chicks can also squeeze through these openings so it is a good idea to use some chicken wire along the bottom of the larger galvanized fencing to prevent escapes until they are bigger.

Electric Fencing

Electric Poultry Netting can be very effective at corralling your birds if they aren’t very good fliers.  It also helps to keep predators out of your chicken area which is great.  Because they get a mild shock if they touch it, they don’t land on it and very quickly learn to just stay the heck away from it.  Even some of my fliers now won’t fly over it because they touched it as they tried to escape.  Again, it doesn’t contain all of your birds but I have found it to be very good at containing all but the most escape minded hens.

Choosing fencing for chickens can be overwhelming but keep in mind that there is a wire type for just about any budget out there.  Each type of fencing has it’s advantages and disadvantages so my advice is to know what you want and how much you can spend.

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