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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 11:04 pm 
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Hi just seeking some ideas for keeping my chickens in. We are on five acres and my chickens are in a pen about the size of a tennis court with a 6 foot chain wire fence all the way around. My girls all have their wings clipped and get to free range through the back gate that opens out into the bush We are extremely dry here at the moment and the only place we have grass is in our backyard which my chooks have now decided is a better place to be. Now this wouldn’t be a problem except my veggie garden is in the backyard to protect it from Roos and rabbits etc. And as we all know chickens love veggie gardens and so do I!! So this has to stop, any ideas? They have never flown over before but definitely do now! A roof is not an option as we have mature gums in the pen. Btw they don’t actually fly over but flap whilst climbing the wire? :wee


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 8:10 am 
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Build it higher and loose at top so they can't stabilise themselves

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 8:28 am 
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you can also put a wing on the top of the fence with about 600mm wire pointing inwards (like a prison fence)
when they get to the top they cant get around it.
also works for foxes if its on the outside.
i bolt timber outriggers off the main posts at 90 degrees and attach the wire to that. id doesnt need to be tight actually loose is better.
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 10:06 am 
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Cheeky birds! I’d do as Bruce has suggested and add an inward facing overhang at the top. Even plastic mesh would be ok, or shadecloth, if supported by timber or something.

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 11:12 am 
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Cant blame the chooks for trying.......... Ha ha
Though, you might also consider covering the veggies...? I guess it would depend which area is bigger.


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 1:20 pm 
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another thing you can do is get a bale of green lucerne and put in with them and take the strings off but dont seperate it. gives them something to do scratching it apart and the green is good for them.

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 8:11 pm 
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Ah! Good ideas, I will get to it,thanks!!,


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