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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Risa's Chicken Moat Pattern

Click image to see better. Still ugly, I know ... but hopefully a pattern worth applying to the suburban farms to come. Not original at all; it's just our take on an idea we think should spread farther.


  1. Yes, yes, yes! (And not bad at ALL for Microsoft Paint - or otherwise.)

  2. I love the frustrated chicken. I think ours look like that too.

  3. Anonymous10:16 AM

    It's a great idea but labor intensive to set up. Also costly with 4x as much fence compared to a dedicated chicken run (depending on your exact layout).
    I would go with deer fence/chicken tractor.

  4. >labor

    Agreed. We went with the inner fence because we're sloped and uneven and not very good "tractor" haulers. Beloved wanted a lot of birds and we have only a small place to work with. Half the flock is ducks and geese. A creek runs diagonally through the place, too, and it has to be fenced off from the birds anyway.... Every place should have its own plan.

    Our cost was not very high because we recycled a lot of fencing that was on the place or available to us into the new fences, and were given a number of t-posts that had been tractored out (needed straightening, which we were just able to do.)

  5. This chicken moat design is a fantastic idea I just discovered today- wow, such innovation out there- but I like your design a lot, because of how you thought out how to arrange things with trees at the perimeter (chickens will need shade after all, and sure you could use bird netting, but trees serve dual purposes if they're fruit!) Love it.
    Now I'm off to discover what you've done with your acre!
    Thanks so much for sharing.


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