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Netty

Fox proof enclosure for hens

We have decided to start from scratch and make a new enclosure for our hens.

I was thinking of buying a load of heras fencing panels, digging a trench, and burying them in the ground. But how far down do I need to go? Is a foot enough?

Can any of you suggest a better material to use?

I am also thinking of reinforcing it with electric fence around the outside.

Any thoughts gratefully received.

Cheers xx
Bodach

Hen run

I would go for wire netting, the fence you are proposing a fox could get its muzzle through and do some damage, up here in the Highlands we have pine martins to contend with, wiremesh upto 6 foot high, run and electric fence one foot out from the bottom and the top as we do to keep the martins out, you wre right about buring the bottom 12" although you dont need a trench, just lift up the divits,lay the wire below and replace on top, over time the roots of the grass will grow through the wire and its the devel to pull it up.

Bod
bodger

Touchwood the electric poultry that we bought has done us proud and has the advantage that we can easily move it around..
Netty

Many thanks both for your thoughts.

So maybe we would be better continuing to use the chain link fence that we have been using?

TBH I don't need it to be portable, as I want to make it large enough to be a permanant area for them.


Thanks again.
Bodach

Would def use electric fence old red will kill any hen sleeping against the chain link.

Bod
Netty

Thanks again. x

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