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tai haku

Fencing to keep poultry in

Probably a different issue to most of you - we do not really need to worry about keeping predators out as there are no foxes or badgers on Guernsey. As such our chooks currently free range throughout our land and sleep in this contraption

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which is floorless and gets wheeled to a new spot periodically to let the grass underneath it regrow. We have a roll of that electronet poultry fencing and were moving that around the orchard too but the chooks seem perfectly happy to flutter over it which is a problem only because they come to the back door to beg for more food (and are leaving their calling cards all over the decking and eating our flower/veg beds).

We're also looking at getting some Saxony ducks next year and will need to keep them in the orchard and away from the lily pond to avoid that becoming a no-go zone to little people and sandal wearers.

So in essence what I'm trying to ascertain is, assuming proper wing-clipping technique on my part, what sort of height fence do I really need to build to keep the girls where they should be and how best and most cost effectively do I do so? Thanks all.
bodger

Ducks are easy to keep in, especially the heavy breeds like the Saxony. Chicken netting a couple of foot high would be sufficient.  It depends on how energetic your fancy bantams are.
tai haku

bodger wrote:
Ducks are easy to keep in, especially the heavy breeds like the Saxony. Chicken netting a couple of foot high would be sufficient.  It depends on how energetic your fancy bantams are.


They're surprisingly energetic large fowl bodger. They're in the local show this weekend so  I'll stick some piccies up in due course whilst they're still sparkly!
bodger

I'll look forward to seeing them. I hope you do well.
British Red

We use 1.1m fencing. For Buff Orpingtons thats loads - big heavy feathered things. For the hybrid egg layers, we have to be sure to keep any "launch pads" well away from the fence (coops, perches etc.) or, even clipped, they can clear the fence. If nothing is within 6' of the fence, they stay in.

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