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Containing the chickens

Posted by joeabbott on July 25, 2015

We’ve dedicated about a third of our yard to the chickens, a part of the property I call Chickenville; and while they’re to run amok on their side, we do try to maintain a little order.

imageimageOff to one side of the main gateway into Chickenville, we planted a small patch of flowers and some climbing vines. Unfortunately, the trellis we built for the vines appears to be a major thoroughfare for the hens … and they’ve trampled our little patch of plants into compost. Also, on the other side of that gate, our fence started leaning away from our property and chickens used that for an ad hoc entrance. The proper fix here is to right the fence, but I’ve tried a couple times to move the post and it just ain’t budging. I’ll need to address it sometime, but I made an interim fix the other day.


To block the hens from trampling the flowers, we put up a small, tightly-meshed trellis section … about 30” tall … and then built another angled piece of trellis to block the entry/exit by the fence.

To make the trellis I just looked for some spare cedar lumber (the wood will match what’s already out there). I found a few 1” nominal boards (surfaced closer to 3/4”) and ripped 1” strips. Then I clamped a board to the end of my bench … so I could align all the vertical pieces, added spacers to ensure each of the gaps was the same, and did something similar for the horizontal pieces. With that, a quick bit of glue and some pneumatic fasteners, and the trellis was done.


These are the sort of fixes I like: quick, easy, but solve a problem in a nice way. Once the sun beats on the cedar wood a bit it’ll turn the same grey as the wood on the fence and gate; for now the different color provides a small bit of contrast.

That’s it for today; just a quick little post about a quick little job. I have ideas about how to correct the fence, but it’s been leaning so long I think the wood “remembers” the warped position and my work will be even harder. But, I’ll save that words on that job for when I complete it.

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