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Raising Domestic Free-range Chickens – Types of Housing

8 years ago2K views Get tips and tricks from THE EXPERTS for Building and looking after your Chicken Coop. With outside runs, bury the wire along the pen border at least 30 cm deep, and toe the fence outward about 15 cm. This stops most predators from digging under the fence. Animals always dig at the base of a fence. By toeing the fence outward and burying it, the predator digs down right into more fencing. Some people run electric fencing around the outside of their pens 10 cm off the ground about 30 cm from the main fence to discourage predators. If your outside runs are not predator-proof, you need to lock up your poultry before dark.