In our neck of the woods, we need to have a good chicken fence for a few reasons:
1. So that the chickens don't fly out
2. So that hungry foxes don't make off with a tasty lunch
While we were letting our chickens be "free range", we attracted some foxes and they took off with 14 chickens. This is not good. We want the chickens to be able to scratch and dust bathe in the dirt, eat bugs and get fresh air and sunshine to make them Super Happy Chickens. Later, our little dog also killed a hen. NOT GOOD!
So we enlarged our chicken coop! All the wire was found at local Share Shed's through out the year...what a saving! ( Share Shed is a shed at the local garbage dump where people can leave or take anything that may have some value to someone still) Having chickens has been great fun for our girls and also teaches them money management when they buy feed and sell eggs, etc. We can't afford to pay our girls "allowance" so having chickens is in place of this!
|Used the snake fence as a line for our fence.|
|Didn't have a ladder handy...just a Mei...|
She turned out to be quite an asset
|Put some lighter weight wire and mesh on the top layer.|
|Work gloves and skirts|
|We had to make a smaller pen inside the larger one for a temp. home for the oldie hens|
|Rolling out the wire on the bottom.|
Buried into the dirt, then rocks piled up to prevent a fox from digging.
|Moved a shed over to be the meat chickens pen|
|Everyone looks happy with the new arrangements!|