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Comment by Ben Cheah on July 4, 2015 at 9:47am

Hi there, I am minding my son's silkie cockerel. It is lonely and I would like a hen for it. 

Comment by Jewels Annabell on August 11, 2014 at 9:52am

The fact that it isn't solid and has spikes might deter them from jumping, but four foot doesn't sound very high if it doesn't.  Especially as you've already had trouble and whatever dog did it, knows you have chickens now (unless it got caught?) 

I have fenced off down the side of my house for my chickens, by adding a solid wood five foot fence across one end, with an existing solid wood fence on the other two sides (one five foot, one six). 

They have a small hole back into their cage that anything larger then a brown shaver couldn't fit through, though whether they'd run to that for shelter if they were in a panic, I'm not sure.

Do they have a cage they sleep in?  Could you reinforce that so a dog couldn't get in and they could go to that if threatened? Is there a tree they could go up if needed? Maybe hurricane wire, chain link, or that square mesh fencing would be okay?

I also have an escape artist dog, and she amazes me with her inventiveness, determination, and ability to fit through small spaces, even though she's big!  Solid works best for her! :-)

All the best with the project!

Comment by Lynda Wood on August 10, 2014 at 9:31pm
Hi Rudi, sorry to hear of your loss. It sounds like you've been having ongoing problems :( I have a collie spaniel cross, who we have had troubles keeping in our yard. We've had to raise our fence to six foot high!
We have also learned that chicken wire is good for keeping chickens in, but not so much for keep predators out, so have supported our chicken fence with what we call sheep wire, it is thicker wire in a grid, not unlike rio that goes in cementing.
We haven't had dog troubles though, it must be distressing to you.
Hope your find a solution that brings calm and security
Comment by Rudi Brown on August 10, 2014 at 5:09pm
Hi guys, just wanted your advice. Dogs got through the chicken wire fence of my last enclosure, so I'm thinking of making the new one out of that aluminum vertical pool fence style with victorian looking spikes on top. They're only 1.2m high. Do you think this is high enough to deter your average Neighbour hood dog? I like the fact that my current chickens could escape if they wanted to. I'll be getting a couple of shavers to go with my 2 surviving crooks. Thx x (ps is probably line it with chicken wire as well)
Comment by Rudi Brown on May 15, 2014 at 3:02pm

Thanks Jewels, we talked to all the neighbours and let them know. Hopefully we have a bit of neighbourhood watch going on now :) The two surviving hens are a bit lonely now, but once we get more secure we will get them more friends.

Comment by Jewels Annabell on May 15, 2014 at 2:59pm

That's really sad Rudi, I'm sorry that happened to you!  I have a fully fenced yard in Howick, a very sturdy chicken run and a dog of my own that would probably let me know what was going on... Hope you find out who did it, and maybe report it to dog control so that if it happens again, they know the dog is regularly loose and doing serious damage.

Comment by Rudi Brown on May 15, 2014 at 2:47pm

Hi Jewels, sorry only just saw your comment. I am central AK.

Comment by Jewels Annabell on May 7, 2014 at 10:20am

Rudi, where in Auckland are you?

Comment by Rudi Brown on May 7, 2014 at 10:00am

Hi Guys, I just came here to share - four of my chickens got attacked by a dog as they were going to sleep. Two survived as they roost up in a tree. They must have seen it all. The dog ripped a panel of wood off the side of their hut, scared them out and ripped through the netting to get into their run. Very sad. anyone else had this happen?

Comment by Jewels Annabell on May 7, 2014 at 9:37am

Hey Ricardo, there are plenty of runs on TradeMe with no floor (that's where I got mine), but I'm not sure it's a good idea to have no floor in the coop (or if they even come that way).  That would make for a very cold, damp coop, especially in winter, and uncomfortable for any chickens that prefer to sleep on the floor, not the perches (like one of mine).  Good luck with your search :-)


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