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Re: [Shop-talk] chicken yard

Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] chicken yard
From: Matt Wehland <>
Date: Mon, 06 May 2013 20:39:47 -0500
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Try looking into some chicken forums.
I've never had any, but seriously looked into chickens when I lived in 
the country.
The one thing every body agreed on is 'chicken wire' isn't.  It is 
useless against predators, too light to offer much protection.
Hardware cloth is what was recommended.
I read too many stories of people using chicken wire and then still 
loosing birds.
Also keep in mind the paw size of predators, many will reach in and pull 
the heads off of the chickens, even if they can't get in the coop 
And don't forget some will dig under the pen.
You basically need a full cage, side/top and bottom protection.

Some chicken sites, no idea how good they are any more-


On 5/6/2013 7:11 PM, Elton E. (Tony) Clark wrote:
> You'd have to have strong perimeter posts/buildings/trees but heavy
> gauge galvanized wire, like guy-wire, might be worth a  thought.
> On 06/05/2013, Jim Franklin <> wrote:
>> On 5/6/2013 4:45 PM, Eric Murray wrote:
>>> I was going to use some old well pipe I have but it's really heavy. My
>>> wife wants to use PVC pipe but I don't think it will be sturdy enough
>>> unless it's large diameter.  I was thinking 1" galvanized conduit.  Do
>>> y'all think that'll be sturdy enough?
>> How about hurricane fence (aka chain-link) posts? Seems to be similar to
>> 1" galvie pipe plus it has an infrastructure of parts available.
>> jim
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