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Making a fence taller

making a fence taller with rope and chicken wire

We've got a hen flying over a section of fence to hide her eggs again.


Our solution was to extend that fence with some 5 foot tall chicken wire. We used nylon rope to connect it to the bottom fence and got it up in well under an hour.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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i always stopped hens from flying over fences by cutting the long feathers on just 1 wing. they can still get on roost, but hard to fly in straight line to get over fence
Comment by ron Mon Jan 27 19:20:33 2014

Great to see a pic of Mark almost smiling! (He usually looks so serious/sad . . .)

No need to post this online!

Comment by Terry Tue Jan 28 09:29:51 2014

Hey! That looks great, and I am interested because I have the same need: to raise my chicken-yard fence.
How is the taller fence supported in the middle?

I have been looking at the whizbang plucker guy's t-post extender gadgets that he uses for putting up bean trellis'.

We currently have a 4-ft fence around the so-called chicken yard that is absolutely no barrier for chickens or turkeys.

Thanks -Suz in VT.

Comment by Suzanne Wed Jan 29 12:28:12 2014

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