Temporary chicken fencing for the backyard
The most common
equipment used to make temporary chicken pastures is electrified
netting. This option is very efficient in medium to large
operations with large expanses of mown or grazed pasture, but the
backyard enthusiast will run into trouble because:
What's the alternative?
I wanted to graze our chicks in the berry patch and forest garden, so
my husband and I cobbled together a temporary fence out of materials we
had on hand for use in the garden. We used two 50 foot rolls of 4
foot tall Tenax trellis material (about $32 apiece) and about ten of
the cheapo fence posts you'd use to put up trellises in the garden
(about $3 apiece). We added some bits of wire to attach the ends
of the trellis material to the permanent pasture door and some heavy
objects to weigh down the bottom of the fence. Even though I
included one at first, there was no need for a gate --- I could step
right over the sagging portions of the fence.
A chicken waterer in the coop was the only reason our chicks ever left their rich new pasture.
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