Post by standychook on Sept 16, 2010 14:57:54 GMT 8
We are predator proofing my chicken yard on the perimeter rather than the individual pens at this stage (due to cost and time, plus I want to know they are safe on the odd occasion that we go out and get home after dark). We live in the country and definitely have foxes and I have also seen feral cats in the area.
The chook yard is 15m x 8m approx, with 7ft high fences, the wire netting is three layers on the bottom half, single layer on the top half and the netting at the top and bottom stands away from the fence (facing outwards) about 30cm. The roof will also be covered with bird netting as well as I plan to have broody raised chicks in there.
The chickens are currently locked up in a predator proof tractor at night, and we havn't had any issues with foxes/feral cats getting into the yard as it is currently with single layer wire net and no roof
And the whole lot is going to be surrounded top and bottom by electric wire running off our main electric fence which is solar powered with battery backup. At 6500v it packs a hell of a punch, believe me!
Can anyone tell me the best height from the ground and the best distance from the fence the standoffs should be?
HI Michelle I run a hot wire around my birds I have three strands one on the bottom one middle and one top because they will try to climb up the fence and get into the birds I bought little black things from Farmways that hold the wire close to but not touching the fence and they work great you could also do the same thing with white conduit 13 mill or smaller in size this will hold the hot wire off the fence so it works and dose not arc out Trev
Post by standychook on Sept 24, 2010 20:58:46 GMT 8
LOL I really do love animals so I do feel somewhat guilty but I have no doubt we will hear them yelp when the fence bites them, my border collies sound like they have had a leg amputated without anesthetic when they get bit. And for good measure to make sure the d**n fox dosn't ever come back, my 4 border collies will hear the yelp and tear outside barking and growling;)
Not tonight though...things always take longer than expected.
Well the electric fence around the chook 'compound' is finally in place and operatonal. Not sure if any foxes have tried to get in yet, but 2 of our 4 border collies have accidentally got bitten by the bottom strand of wire and from the noise they made, I am sure we will hear any foxes who get zapped by 6,500 volts;)
I standychook I am surprised that if you let you dogs around by the chook pen you will have any foxes there at all, if they pee and poo around the pens no fox will go there in-case they get caught. I let my dogs do it all around the farm and even if Y.O.H. would like to have a pee around the parameter of the pens that will add to it all. They will still com and have a look as soon as they smell anything dog or human there off. That's why I set my traps on the edge of my yards about 40 mtrs away from the chooks and it works Trev
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