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How to fence the chicken run

Picket and chicken wire fence to be replaced
This afternoon we started refencing the chook run.  The chicken wire and star pickets were looking run down, with long grass growing through the wire and the pickets leaning in the sandy soil.

We're planning to get two more chickens so that we can have fresh eggs again. The first step is to build a secure day enclosure for them.  At night we'll lock them in the chicken house.

When ordering the posts I had them cut to size.  I'm going to use 900mm plastic trellis mesh, which will look neater and be sturdier than chicken wire.

My helper and I marked 900mm off on each post, and then dug the holes.  With our soil being deep grey sand, each hole took only a few minutes to reach 450mm depth.

We then used a spirit level to get each post vertical, rammed some sand around the base to hold it in position, and added half a bag of rapid set concrete and water.

Concreting the posts (foreground post completed)
One item that I'm missing is a gate.  Until I have the gate I can't put the second gate post in, nor finish the fence.

The gate has to be wide enough for my wheel barrow, so we can shovel the wood shavings from inside the chook house into the wheel barrow, to take them to the veggie patch.

I haven't found a suitable gate in Bunnings, and a search online hasn't been fruitful.  So until I have the gate, the project is on hold.

I like the cyprus posts and I'm thinking about using them to make a similar fence around the veggie patch, to keep stray chooks and a future dog out.


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