Dog proof fence for free-range chicken/poultry paddock

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  1. Mark

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    Nah, the rooster is actually one of my own mixes Australorp cross with something. I don't normally keep roosters but this fella is an exception cause of his looks and very kind nature.
     
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    Lookin good Mark. It must be keeping you fit aswell :trainingweights:


     
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    Thanks Stevo, but I'm feeling a bit stiff - just popped 2x Panadol before... :rolleyes: All that hammering and unraveling wire really works the shoulders.

    Should have 3 sides done by Sunday arvo.

    The front fence is a bit tricky because I'm incorporating it with a small retaining wall around the picnic area (bit like a raised viewing area at the zoo) and also need to put on a 2 m wide gate (wide enough to get my ute through when needed).
     
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    Guess what? Fencing again today! Woohoo!!! :sarcasm:
     
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    Three sides of my dog proof fence for my chickens and ducks is done.

    Here is an example of how to tighten a wire fence before fixing to posts using the hand winch method.

    It starts by having an overhang of wire past the last post then wrapping or securing the wire to a spare post, star picket, or in this case a split pine log.

    Then attach hand winch with a recovery strap about midway up the pulling post.

    Winch until the wire starts to strain then go and check the tension and re-position/straighten the wire if required.

    Once everything looks good then winch until taught (this should not take much) do not over tighten. Walk down the fence line again and feel the tension it should be nice and tight and unable to be easily twisted or bowed by hand but still movable.

    Tack the wire to the top of each post with galvanised "U" staples ensuring it's the right height and the bottom run is flush with the ground.

    Start from the furthermost post and tack each run to the posts.

    Release the winch tension and a nice taught fence will remain :)

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    lookin good, not long to go now?
     
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    Not long, I have done the whole fence line just have to fill a few spots with rubble rock around the bottom to complete the dog proofing, put on a gate, and finish my retaining wall around the picnic/chicken viewing area. Hope to have most done by end of weekend - will post some update pics tonight.
     
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    OK, I finished the retaining wall for our picnic area which overlooks our chicken park I have a lot of tidying up to do and I still have to lay down some rubble rock around the front fence line to dog proof it and put my gate on but it's nearly done. :heat:

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    Here is the before shot - pretty tragic hey :)

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    Pano shot of the fence gives some idea of the free-ranging area


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    The final thing to show in completing my dog proof chicken fence is my gate. It's 1.5 m high and was cut to size (cost $98) it's plenty wide enough for my ute to get through. Under the gate I have continued with the rubble rock trench so dogs can't dig under.

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    So when's the BBQ to christen the fence?
     
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    LOL :D Yeah, that's not a bad idea maybe in the new year...
     
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    I have made a video detailing how I went about building this fence but I haven't written an article on the blog yet - will do over the next few days and detail a few extra things like costings for materials etc.

    Here's the video - it's a bit long... :)

     
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