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    Hi,
    as you may have seen from one of my previous threads, Serena and Bruno managed to bit through the wire and kill the latest batch of chickens. After an appropriate period of mourning, my thoughts bend again towards chickens. I am have already determined that plain ole chicken wire is sub standard.
    I have a done a bit of research and it seems that heavy duty fencing is required. Electrified fence was also considered. I don't think that electrified fencing is an option as I have three little boys who spend a lot of time at the bottom of my vege garden and chook coop.

    So here is what I was thinking - obtain some welded mesh/old metal fencing etc as the enclosure. Place a perimter of grey cement slabs around the rectangle (run) that is to be fenced. Then install the fencing on top of the slabs, with the slabs protruding either side of the fence. Fencing can be kept up with either 2.4m star pickets driven 1m into the ground or I could use quick dry cement and cement posts into the ground to support the fencing. I think that this may work and fencing is cheap on good old ebay.

    How does this sound? anyone have any other suggestions/ideas/designs from experience or otherwise? Would this keep to staffys out?

    Cheers

    Adrian

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    I think I would re-inforce the concrete with galv reinforcement mesh

    And I would use 3cm galv poles or bigger like they make tennis court fences out of - to make the frame and I would use cyclone wire or the heaviest duty farm mesh I could get for the sides. Maybe make a second layer inside that of chook mesh - to keep the chooks separate from the dogs ie so the dogs can't bounce directly against the chooks.

    Whites Specialist Rural catalogue > Whites Specialist Rural > heavy mesh

    Inside the dog layer - I would put shade cloth up and stitch that to the dog wire - so the dogs cannot see the chooks through the mesh.

    And I would check the fence daily for any damage done by dogs... And re-inforce any damaged bit. With another layer of mesh.

    Like the inverse Alcatraz. And it would be tempting to plant a prickle hedge (box thorn is good) on the dog side. But that will make inspections for damage more difficult.

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    Your ideas and Hyacinth's ideas sound good to me.

    Shame you can't use an electric fence at the dog's level... my neighbour has an electric fence surrounding his whole chook yard low to the ground. It keeps foxes from breaking in.

    I agree that shade cloth might be a good thing. I have 3 week old chicks in a rabbit cage in my backyard right now and because they're small, both the dogs are desperate to eat them. I have a round dog pen that I have attached shade cloth to with zip ties. I've put that around the cage, and although the dogs are still interested, because they can't see the chicks, they will mostly leave them alone.

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    Yes weldmesh should work. I have weldmesh taken from old sheep yards and it is strong. I use it to keep my dogs in.

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    when you're done - it should look a bit like this :P

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    You need to bury the fence down and out in an L shape - to the side the dogs/pests will be standing on.

    http://www.badgerland.co.uk/help/solutions/fencing.gif

    this is the best drawing I can find to show what i mean. The theory is it's harder for the dog to dig through if they're standing on the fence. Maybe you could repair your current chiken coop then, put a secondary fence up so the dogs just can't access that part of the yard - that is if you're only having trouble with your own dogs.

    You could also run a hot wire along the fence and only turn it on when you / and the kids are not there. Dogs will only need to be zapped once or twice before they prefer to stay away.

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    After a few near misses, we had a bit of a fort constructed... Basically a 1.8m chainlink fence with a metal pole top and bottom. Works a treat. I'm sure it has saved many chickens over the years!

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    Have you got any pictures you could attach of this fort - Gen Y?

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    Update : RE Dog Proof Chook Pen.

    I am in the final stage of converting my 2.4 x 2.4 shade house into a chook run. I used to have orchids in there but eggs are a priority in our busy and hungry brood so they got turfed.
    The shade house is made entirely of heavy duty welded mesh about 6 mm thick. coupled with some concrete slabs hard up around the perimeter I think it will be staffy proof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Have you got any pictures you could attach of this fort - Gen Y?
    I'll take one and upload tomorrow :-)

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