Chicken Fencing

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A protected, durable Chicken Run is an integral part of building a chicken coop to ensure your chickens have a safe place to exercise and forage around for treats such as bugs and insects. Unless you have a large safe area with no predators, then you are better off ensuring your chickens are protected with a fenced chicken run.

Generally eight to ten feet per chicken is the budgeted size for chicken coop designs, although this can be less for some smaller coop designs. Ideally you would have more or reduce the number of chickens you keep in your coop to keep stress levels at a minimum.

Make sure your fence is high enough not just to keep the chickens in, but also to keep other predators such as dogs out. If possible also put a top wire cover on to provide maximum protection.

Build a fence with the most durable products you can. It should withstand the weight and strength of predators around you, otherwise you could lose not just your investment in your chicken run, but also your chickens themselves.
As well as building high, go deep so your chickens are protected from predators such as rats that may dig to enter the coop.

Try to check your chicken coop and run at least once a month. Do a full walk around and make sure there are no holes, or wire that has been gnawed upon which may weaken your run.

Finally, chickens love fresh grass, so if you have a mobile chicken coop and run, try to move it around regularly to give your backyard fresh fertilizer but also a break to protect your yard from becoming a muddy mess. This will also ensure your chickens get a good variety of treats to eat!

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Chain Link Fencing for Farming and Land Management

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Chain Link Fencing for Farming and Land Management

The use of different fence types to control one’s farm and livestock venture should be regarded closely. A fence design that is both intelligently and practically thought out will support ongoing farm activities and circumvent future obstacles that could result from an ill-conceived layout. Chain link fencing is used to secure and separate livestock, maintain pasture boundaries and most importantly, protect livestock from predators and thieves.

Chain link or wire fencing is an economical fencing fashioned from galvanized, coated steel wire that is linked into a diamond or zig-zag pattern by hooking the neighboring wires to each other. This process is called weaving or spiraling; the galvanizing of the steel wire helps ward off corrosion, though a chain link fence will eventually rust if it stands long enough. This construction yields a crumple-proof barrier that requires an immense effort to compromise, though it can still be cut with a pair of heavy-duty steel cutters. In the farming industry, a chain link fence is also popularly called a chicken wire fence.

Chain link fences are purchased in rolls from three to twelve feet tall; a fifty foot length is also standard for delivery and mobility. Such segments can be acquired for inexpensive amounts, less than four or five hundred dollars on average, and less for large purchases. A small fee can be added to any section for added slats for privacy, though many individuals eliminate this charge by doing it on-site, post-installation. Single person fence gates can run as little as fifty dollars, while a double-gate to accommodate a vehicle can range from five hundred to one thousand dollars. If an underestimation has occurred, the acquisition of more fence sections is a non-issue.

How to make a chain link fence is less important than where to make a chain link fence. Since chain link sections are easily raised and gated or extended to lengthen and secure parcels or land or livestock area, areas should be predesignated for free roaming, breeding, catching and movement — the latter is usually facilitated through alleyways or narrow areas between pens typically ten or twelve feet wide. Again, where to lay the perimeter is as important as how to make a chain link fence, and use of satellite imagery via a free resource like perfectly demonstrates this. A satellite overview can reveal hilly and flat areas and potential watercourse ways better than any other method short of borrowing a low-flying aircraft and taking blurry photographs.

Wire fencing is widely used and itself is utilized in different permutations. An electric fence is used more as an offensive measure than a defensive one. Electricity is always a surefire deterrent against predators, vandals and thieves. Livestock train very quickly when it comes to the avoidance of the hot wiring. Electric fences can also be independently facilitated so that the entire farm or land perimeter is not necessarily always electrified. Additionally, the uppermost fence beam can be topped with hot wires or barbed wire to also deter the aforementioned threats, but certain larger predators — members of the large cat, wolf and bear family — have more of an instinctive drive to hunt and kill and may still penetrate the defense.

For decades, chain link fencing has proved itself to be an ever-reliable economical and practical resource for farming and land management. Chain link fencing is in and of itself a concept that promotes commerce and progression within the farm and land industries. Thanks to perimeter planning with free satellite imagery resources like wire fence installation and maintenance has never been easier. is a free online resource that allows farmers and land managers to plan, estimate and budget for their chain link fences. Simply mark out your fence’s boundary on the online imagery, click on print and a full plan showing pole distances, fence runs and build lists is provided. Chain fence costs are also provided.

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