Portable Poultry Runs
Light-weight & Inexpensive Fence Panels
By Martha King
I would like to contribute an idea on fencing poultry runs, especially for use in dividing off areas of lawn for grazing.
I place the fencing side of each panel facing outward, so a stray sharp wire doesn’t cut the hens. I treated the bottom four-foot board of each panel with a water sealer, as it rests on the ground. The rest of the panel is painted to match the coop. (Actually, it’s best to paint the panels before attaching the chicken wire. (I found this out the hard way.)
I stretch 1/2″ plastic bird netting over the run to keep out wild birds and keep the hens in. It is hooked over the tops of the rebar and over nails that stick up halfway along the top of each panel. I also cut an old tarp to size, edged it with duct tape, and put in metal grommet holes along the edge to hook over the rebar and nails. Tarp can also be used to make side panels for wind protection. These would also have grommets along the top edge, as well as down each side so they could be fastened to each other or to the fence so as not to flap around.
These pens are also stackable for easy storage when not in use.