Red Bucket Farm is an urban farm on a quarter acre property in an average residential neighborhood. We are located in Wisconsin, USDA Zone 5. We focus on chickens, bees, orchard fruit, and raised garden beds for fruits and veggies. We hope to reduce our footprint on the planet by growing some of our food, reducing our use of fossil fuels, and gardening with sustainable practices. Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Fencing the Chicken Yard

Today was a glorious spring day and I had my whole work crew at home, so we set about fencing the chicken yard.

I've mentioned in previous posts that my hens are well-cared for, spoiled, even pampered. Last year we built the casa gallina, a veritable fortress for chickens. The girls are happy there and have plenty of room, but they do love to get outside and search for bugs. We let them outside daily, of course, but we never leave them alone for a moment because we know the hawks will show up in an instant and snatch them.

It took about four hours to fence the chicken yard. We recycled two gates from our veggie gardens and added rabbit fencing around the coop in the corner of the farm. Then we erected tall corner poles to hang the bird netting overhead. We still won't leave them out for long periods unattended, but now we can work in the yard without wondering where the girls have wandered.

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