Neil Winchell wrote:
Regardless, I'll be starting out slow with just a dozen or so layers this year which I'll beginning growing my layer flock until next spring where I'll get a few new Roo's for the ladies and begin. Depending on how things go I might stop after a few batches and see how things go with just under a 1000 birds:)
Throwing out another question to you all. The existing fence is a standard 4 ft. high. I can add some sort of netting to replace the barbed wire, but chickens would have no problem flying out at that height. Is it possible to extend the height a bit with something you attach to the top or is the best bet to replace all the posts with something that is at least 6 ft high?
Neil Winchell wrote: You said you move the coop every two days, but how many chickens do you have and what size is the run you're giving them with the electric netting? Your numbers might help me extrapolate to something closer to what I have in mind
Neil Winchell wrote:
Kelly - So you have 50 chickens in a run enclosed in 100 electric netting (I'm assuming that means a square with 25' of fence on each side, or 625 sq. ft?) with the coop inside? I like your idea of getting a number of standard broiler chickens and then a smaller number of different heritage breeds to see what works. Until my fencing is set up I'm not sure I can go with anything larger then what I have ordered now:) There is the standard three strand wire fence that's 4 feet high going around the property, but I imagine before I start letting the chickens free range it, I need to replace some of that with something that can keep the chickens in and the predators out. I'm thinking six foot high posts with 4' of farm fence along the bottom and two high tension wires around the top which could even be electrified if need be. I will look into the 'Buckeye' you mentioned though:)
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