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rotating paddocks with cattle panels

 
Emily Smith
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Location: West Central Georgia
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I may go electric in the future, but as it is, I'm starting off with cattle panels. If I used 4 16' panels for a 256 sq. ft. paddock, how often would I need to rotate to new forage for 8 chickens? We have lots of clover and dandelions, centipede, st. Augustine, and crabgrass, as well as some other weeds I don't know the names of. I'll use supplemental feed at night in their hoop coop for which I just bit the bullet and bought the materials. Hardware cloth city, here I come! I was thinking if I put it in the corner of the paddock, I only have to move it one coop-width every rotation, and just change its orientation within the paddock. I was also thinking if I worked in a square of squares, I could change the big square after one full rotation, and march that way across our whole yard. It's about 2/3 ac. back there. Comments or suggestions?
 
wayne fajkus
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My full grown chickens easily go thru a cattle panel. There is a stock panel with smaller holes. Maybe 4x4 that can hold them. I think the price is double for those over cattle panels
 
Tyler Ludens
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I plan to make a sort of cattle panel from concrete reinforcing wire with chicken wire on it. Just chicken wire wants to flop over so the chickens can climb it to get out, so I have to use a lot of posts. The plan is the "cattle panels" will eliminate the need for posts, and make moving the paddock easier.

 
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