What are the costs related to raising chickens, do you ask? Well, first of all you will need to buy the pullets of course, which, happily enough, won’t hurt your purse too much. But once you have bought them, you’ll need to protect them too, which is where the question of chicken fencing comes about. The costs involved? Well, it depends: on the type of fencing you are opting for.
Now, we will take the leave to assume that you are raising the birds as a commercial venture. Which is what you cannot do if you are living in a highly urban area. So, we will further assume that you are living in a rural area with just about enough backyard space where to raise your chickens and therefore, in this article, we will discuss the subject of fencing your chicken yard as is appropriate under such circumstances.
Anyway, to get to it without further ado, you do have a number of choices when it comes to fencing your chicken yard. You may go for some state-of-the-art fancy chicken fencing or even electric fencing, if you can afford it. Without doubt, they are effective and will more than adequately serve your purpose. However, the fact is, as you may have already guessed, they are EXPENSIVE. So, if you are looking NOT to burn a whole in your pocket and still get a chicken fencing which is about just as effective (although maybe not as chic to look at), you may read on.
The things you will need are chicken wire, some corrugated GI sheets, and some good old planks. The idea here is simple—protect your chickens and your yard and keep the prowling predators out. While building the fence, keep this in mind though that chickens, for reasons only they could tell, love to scratch all over the dirt. This means that if they keep scratching the soil near the fence, the raccoons nearby will have an easy time out getting into your yard and having a feisty meal for the night!
Now you won’t want it to happen, or would you? Well, in order to prevent that catastrophe, all you need to do is sink the bottom part of the fence about ten inches into the ground. At areas this is not possible, you may insert eight-inch planks into the ground. Also, if foxes are common around the area, make sure to get the thickest chicken wires available. Foxes have very sharp teeth and thin wires would not act as adequate protection against them.
Also make sure to keep the height of your fence above the five-foot mark since some of the larger foxes can jump as high as five feet. Just to be on the safe. Also, do not trim the wires at the head of your fence. Leave them rugged for extra protection.
To bolster up this whole protection mechanism even further, use the galvanized iron sheets between posts and also wrap the posts with thick wire to discourage the predators from chewing the wood.
Well, to cap it off, no, this type of chicken fencing won’t come off as the most aesthetically pleasing! But, yes, they will save you money. A lot of it.
It’s your call.