After losing four chickens to marauders last year I decided I needed to stop free-ranging and start pasturing my birds. In deciding how large an area to allow them I realized that the easiest thing was to simply enclose the fruit trees in a fence that would do double duty - protect the birds from snatch & grab foxes and the trees from deer. So we cut some pine trees to act as posts and planted them around the orchard.
|Planting the posts
|I needn't have worried about height...
We scraped the ground in between the posts to make it easier to bury fencing later on and then did a bit of scorching on a couple posts to kill bugs and season it a bit. Just an experiment to see if it helps the poles last longer.
I buried a foot of fencing and stapled the rest to the poles. I'll add cross braces soon.
Here's a decent picture of the fencing. And the chickens hanging out with me inside the protected area. They love the space and the grass.
The first night the fence was in place something tried to dig under it and failed. Whatever it was did manage to chew a small hole that I fixed by weaving in wire. It didn't get in though, so that's good news.
|Stomping down the buried fence
|It took a lot of dirt to bury the fence
|Cooper keeping cool
|Heavy gauge poly fence