I bought this netting….mainly because when I grow up I wanna be just like the Rhodes family. Hahaha! 🙂
But the other reason is so I can put the chickens to work in the garden. We built the chick-shaw and you can see that process here (Chick-Shaw Post). It is sitting over in the garden area. All we needed to do was to get the fence up and running and add the chickens!
We ordered our fencing online from Premier1 Supplies. That link takes you directly to the fencing we bought. Here is what it looked like right out of the box:
Next step was figuring where we wanted it to go…we have a large garden area so we decided to put them in half of it for now and then we will move them to the other half later one.
Folks, it was so simple to put up that I didn’t even have time to take photos along the way! The hubby was holding the fencing and I would come along and put the posts in the ground. Of course it sagged in the corners but we had some step-in posts to strengthen them.
At first we had issues getting the electric to work. 🙁 Not cool! Can’t put chickens in it if it won’t protect them! We started out with a small plug-in energizer but it just wouldn’t do it. We went ahead and got another solar energizer so that the system would be completely portable. Once the hubby got it set up, the system worked just fine!
Here are the ladies enjoying their new area!
They seem to really enjoy the new digs! At least they are much better about going into it at night! With the other coop, we had to get them off the roof every night. What a pain! But I walk out there each night to put them up and all I have to do is shut the door! So nice!
Once the weather dries up we are going to get some compost brought in so they can work it all into the soil. Unfortunately, ever since we have put them in here, it has either poured buckets of rain or snowed. That’s East Tennessee for ya! There were still a few pockets of snow on the ground yesterday afternoon and by Friday it will be 65 degrees! But you know what they say about the weather in Tennessee….if you don’t like the weather right now, stick around for a few minutes and it will change! 🙂
So once we get the compost brought in, I’ll give you an update on how the system is working out!
I’d love to see photos of YOUR chicken systems that you have in place! Put photos or links in the comments!