Chicken Fencing That Saves You Money
Buying pullets is the easiest they are also the cheapest. Chicken fencing? That varies, no matter
how you look at it though, the cost of the fencing will add up to the cost of the chicken. In high
urban areas, raising more than a few chicken would consequently raise eyebrows. In fact, you
could be placing yourself in harm’s way. Raising chicken in urban areas are more of pet raising.
Commercial? Just don’t.
When you are in a rural location with ample backyard space, keeping chicken is a capital idea.
Capital, literally. You see, there is fancy chicken fencing, state of the art fencing and if you could
afford electric fencing that is fine too, it would keep the chooks out and hem the chicken in. It
will still add up to the costs though, but it is a choice, not a necessity. If you want to travel the
frugal route, just as effective albeit not as pleasant to look at, were talking.
You will need corrugated galvanized iron sheets, chicken wire, planks, and whatever means to
build them. The idea here is as simple as protecting the chickens and those flowers and plants
that adorn the yard as much as keeping the predators out. When building, remember that
chicken scratches all over the dirt. To our chagrin, they love it. They could scratch near the
fence and before you knew it, the fox and raccoons gets the idea and figures out a way to get
their dinner easy.
The way to prevent this is to sink the bottom of the fence about 10″ into the ground. The area
near the fence is usually forgotten so don’t. If that is not possible in some areas along the
perimeter, sink 8″ planks to prevent predators from scraping underneath. If foxes roam the
area get the thickest chicken wire possible. Foxes have teeth that are as sharp as wire cutters
that could easily cut through thin chicken wires.
Normally animals could jump as high as their heads when standing on hind legs. Foxes are
about four feet but do not bank on that. Foxes could jump as high as five feet so make the
height of the fence a little higher just so the chicken are on the safe side. This may not be as
dangerous in hotter months when there is easier prey for the fox to pounce on but during
colder months, the fox could hunt more aggressively and get a shelter besides. While at it, do
not trim the wire at the top portion of the fence. Leave it rugged.
Use the GI sheets as further protection between the posts where you nail your chicken wire.
Nail also thick wire fencing around the portion of the wood with signs of wear to discourage
Chicken fencing such as this would not win you a prize for best chicken fence design. But bet
your neighbor’s dog this will win you savings. Bunches of it!