> We keep ~ a dozen free-range layers. In the past they've had free
> access to the entire property during the day, and get locked in a coop
> at night. Recently, we've tired of the mess around the house, and
> want to keep them confined to a smaller range around the coop. What
> is the best/easiest/most-economical solution to this? I'm not so
> worried about keeping predators out, it's keeping chickens IN that I
> I had read that a single electrified strand ~5" off the ground could
> work. This did deter them, for a bit: about 10 minutes. I suppose the
> next step up is 1" poultry fencing (chicken wire). I could use 48"
> fencing, supported by T-posts, but I think they can fly right over
> this. I could clip their wings, but I'm concerned this would keep them
> from getting onto their perch at night?
> What's the best solution here? A reasonable height fence, clipped
> wings, and steps to the perches? Or something else?
If you fence them in, are they still free-range ?
You will need some kind of fence over the top to keep them in.