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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:16 pm 
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Hello wise ones

I have chickens (particularly the bantams of course) with an extraordinary ability to go over, under and sometimes it seems, right through, the pathetic wire barriers I put between them and the vegie garden. Does anyone have a pic or example of a chicken proof barrier?


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:58 pm 
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Hi tyro,
We tried for years to protect ours, not only from the chooks, but also from the wild birds. The only thing that has worked for us is a fully enclosed garden. This thread has a pic of ours. The bottom supports are wax wood, with gal pipe and fence fixtures holding the frame. There is steel reinforced bird netting covering the lot, which is gang nailed onto the wooden base. We used "cocky clips" to hold together netting where there were joints. This area is pretty big and possibly more than you wanted, but I have seen a similar concept done with conduit formed into hoops and that covered with bird netting.
In ours, we had some cockerels in the half where the fruit trees are over the winter. We have taken them out now that the trees are flowering, but although I had them locked in a covered crate each night, there was no sign foxes had ever managed to get in. (something for a later thought, perhaps...)
So, basically, we are using this system both to keep chooks out of places they are not welcome, but also to keep them in where we want them....

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:41 pm 
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Thanks for that. It looks seriously good. We might try the junior version with the hoops. Our other problem is possums and this would work a treat.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 6:05 pm 
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We tried every variation of a wire fence - they flew over it, they climbed it, they wiggled under it. Finally we lashed out and bought one of the woven nylon chicken fences with poles and pegs. It cost about $180 (but when I think about the amount of money I wasted on different wires...). It works, it's easy to move around and best bonus, the possums won't go over it so we've had no possum damage to the vegies either. We got the taller fence because we have bantams who can fly quite well.It also has a tight green weave at the bottom so they can't get through.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:21 pm 
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Thanks for the follow up. Glad you got a successful solution.
Would love to see a pic if you can post one?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:30 am 
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Here it is, cutting across the backyard to give some lawn a chance to recover from chicken love.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:30 pm 
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Looks good! Thanks for sharing!


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