is 5 foot fencing safe enough?

beeliz(2)April 29, 2008

I have redone my fenced area for my 2 pygmies and 8 hens...I put in a 5 foot fence with 7 foot poles...I lined the bottom with rocks all along the bottom to discourage predators. Is this safe enough for daytime use? cause everyone goes in at night before dark. I'm concerned because last fall I had a fox attack and lost a few because the fencing wasn't great...I just want to make sure this one is going to be ok...thanks

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velvet_sparrow(Zone 5b, Gardnerville, NV)

What kind of fence--chicken wire, hardware cloth...? You need to make sure it is strong enough to withstand a VERY determined predator.

My rule of thumb is, if I was outside the pen and could tear my way in, so could a predator.

Velvet ~:>

    Bookmark   April 29, 2008 at 11:14PM
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beeliz(2)

ok..it's a heavy duty farming fence with squares about 2 inch in diameter..it's strong and sturdy.I've also pegged in 1 foot pegs along the bottom of it...last time the back of the fence was chicken wire so of course the fox just broke through it, hope this will suffice !

    Bookmark   April 30, 2008 at 11:24AM
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rozannadanna(8 TX)

My fiance said when he lived on the eastern plains of Colorado and built his chicken house that he burried broken beer bottles along the perimiter to deter varmits

    Bookmark   April 30, 2008 at 1:18PM
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beeliz(2)

haha! I have plenty of those!! haha!! God knows :)

    Bookmark   April 30, 2008 at 1:53PM
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rozannadanna(8 TX)

Adult beverages and gardening are a good mix. Just be sure to bury them deep enough that they don't work up and "reach out and get you" if you forget they are there.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2008 at 2:09PM
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